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Voluntary Pre K (VPK)

Voluntary pre-kindergarten was established by Governor Dayton and the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for the purpose of preparing children for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. Mankato Area Public Schools was granted funding for the Kennedy Elementary Preschool site.

To be eligible for this free preschool program:

  • You must reside within Kennedy or Washington Elementary school boundaries
  • Must be 4 on or before September 1st of the school year you are registering for, and cannot be eligible to enter kindergarten.
  • Your child must complete a health and development screening within 90 days of program enrollment 
  • Provide documentation of required immunizations 

Transportation is available for those meeting the guidelines explained on registration form. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis and is currently full for the 2018-19 school year. Registration forms for 2019-20 school year are now available online and have been mailed to eligible families. Registration will begin on January 9, 2019. 

Voluntary Pre Kindergarten Program Information 
Voluntary Pre Kindergarten Registration Form 2019

Program registration is processed through the Mankato Area Public Schools- Early Learning Department. For questions, please contact us at 507-625-4620 or at the Family Learning Center, 820 Hubbell Avenue.