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Sapplings Program

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Learning and play, play and learning - these two essential ingredients are mixed together to create our unique Saplings program. Our qualified and caring staff bring learning into play and use play to facilitate learning with the Minnesota Early Learning Standards woven throughout each day's activities.

Each week a new theme gives focus to the daily activities. Whether the theme is spiders or snowmen, play facilitates learning and learning is play. The children are exposed to songs, poems, finger plays, classic children's stories, and fun new books. The alphabet, beginning literacy, and number sense are all presented at appropriate levels for each child. With regular attendance in our Sapling program your child will have a good start toward kindergarten readiness.

Our caring and compassionate staff is actively involved with the children and sensitive to each child's level of development. Social skills, kindness, and friendship are areas that are continually emphasized. 

Though it might vary slightly, a day in our Saplings program would be structured as follows:

7:30 - 8:45 Arrival and free play
8:45 - 9:15 Welcome and morning circle
9:15 - 10:00 Centers - art, hands-on math, active play, literacy
10:00 - 10:20 Bathroom break, snack
10:20 - 10:50 Morning recess
10:50 - 11:15 Literacy circle, table time
11:15 - 11:30 Clean up, bathroom break
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 12:15 Quiet books and story time
12:15 - 12:30 Afternoon circle
12:30 - 1:00 Afternoon recess
1:00 - 1:20 Math and numbers table time
1:20 - 1:30 Bathroom break
1:30 - 2:00 Rest time
2:00 - 2:15 Afternoon snack
2:15 - 2:45 Theme related project
2:45 - 3:15 Free play













We realize that the needs of children ages three to five can vary greatly. For this reason we have made the program flexible and open to parent scheduling. You may enroll your child for half days, full days, two days a week, or perhaps all day every day, the choice is yours. As space allows, with prior notice you can also vary the days your child attends to fit your schedule.

Free transportation and scholarships may also be available for this program.


A secure online billing and payment system that allows digital payments directly from your bank account or credit/debit card. Paperless invoices, email receipts, and tax report. Sign up is easy! If you would like to use this system, please let us know what email address you would like to use, and we will send you a secure invitation to set up your account.


Program Hours

Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. according to the school calendar

Saplings Room Phone Number:
(218) 663-0170 ext. 21

Program Rates

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum rates are as follows:

  • Half Day Rate 0–4.99 hours - $17.50
  • Full Day Rate 4.99 hours or more - $35.00

Additional Info

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