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                               Early Childhood Education and Care

Lewiston Altura Mini Cardinals        

The Lewiston -Altura Early Childhood program provides experiences in  an educational environment with routines, schedules, and activities following  Creative Curriculum guiding principles.  This is not a strict school based setting, but a play inspired, child led learning setting that promotes independence, confidence,  growth, and fun! 
   We understand that for many children, this is the first time in a classroom or away from familiar caregivers and are here to support families and their children in this transition for a positive school experience.  Licensed teachers provide daily activities to give the children opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, and physically while developing a life long desire to learn.

We are now a combined Early Childhood Education and Cardinal Care program that continues to offer 4-Star Parent Aware rated preschool programming with an extended day option for children between the ages 33 months and 5 years. Quality, seamless, developmentally appropriate education and care is available from 6 am to 5:30pm. 

Choose the schedule that meets your needs: 2,3,4, or 5 days a week
*morning wrap-around care in Cardinal Club    6 am to 8:30 am (add $5/day)
*morning only: 8:30-11
*Full day: 8:30-3
*afternoon wrap-around care in Cardinal Club   3:00-5:30pm (add $5/day)

Flexible monthly schedules are accepted

Monthly Tuition rates:

  2 days/wk      3 days/wk     4 days/wk      5 days/wk    
half days 8:30-11 $80/month $120/month $160/month $200/month
full days 8:30-3      $112/month $168/month $224/month $280/month

      Parent Aware Scholarships may be available to eligible families.
The preschool schedule follows the district calendar for holidays and weather related closings. Full day programming may be offered on no school days and is included in the monthly fee.

 2023-2024 Early Childhood Education and Care  School Year dates are Sep 5th-May 24th

      To enroll in our Early Childhood Program (no registration fee!)

      ****  Click this link for a enrollment form.   ****     

Send requests for a paper copy to

by April 15th,    Drop off completed forms to the school or mail to 
                                                Early Childhood Program
                                                       115 Fremont Street
                                                       Lewiston, MN 55952

It is MN law that children enrolling in our program need to show that they have received immunizations or an exemption. We accept immunization forms (i.e. a copy of completed immunizations provided by health care provider) by fax, mail, or at the school office any time by the first day of class.