Saplings Program Ages 3–5

The Saplings Program is a fully licensed daycare that is run as a pre-school program for children ages 3 through 5. Learning and play, play and learning—these two essential ingredients are mixed together to create our unique Saplings program. Our qualified and caring staff members bring learning into play and use play to facilitate learning with the Minnesota Early Learning Standards woven throughout each day's activities.

Each week or two, a new theme gives focus to the daily activities. Whether the theme is spiders or snowmen, play facilitates learning and learning is play. We expose our little ones to music, dramatic play, story time, and specially designed learning centers. We present the alphabet, beginning literacy, and number sense at appropriate levels for each child. And, just like our K–5 elementary program, we have a focus on the outdoor learning! With regular attendance in our Sapling program, your child will have a good start toward kindergarten readiness.

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

Highest possible rating - Proudly using best practices that prepare children for school and life. Birch Grove Community School, The Saplings Program. Date Issued: 12/21/2020, Expiration date: 12/31/2022 -

Once again, the Birch Grove Saplings Program received the highest possible rating from Parent Aware! We received 4 out of 4 stars! This rating stands until 12/31/2025.

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.


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