On September 26, 2022 the Little Braves Preschool opened its doors to students for the first time!
The preschool is funded through a combination of support from Skagit/Islands HeadStart and ECEAP and La Conner School District. (There is no state funding for this program.)
Class meets from 8:30-noon Mondays through Thursdays in a portable behind the district office building at 305 N. 6th St. in La Conner. Support for Special Education students is provided by district special ed staff who come to the preschool at least once per week. There are currently (as of January 2023) 15 students enrolled, which is our maximum. If you would like to enroll, please contact our lead teacher or one of our administrators and fill out our enrollment forms.
Please fill out the district Final Forms for your student. (New users will have to set up a free account.) If you are applying for a tuition free HeadStart slot, please also fill out their form. (HeadStart Electronic form is here. HeadStart paper form can be accessed here.
Thanks to Jenny Mortenson for helping us open. To contact the preschool directly call (360)466-3127. Our teachers are:
Coral Harper - Lead Teacher
Joreen McDonald - Assistant Teacher
Devan Mansfield - Classroom Aide
The program is led by our Elementary Principal Heather Fakkema. You can reach her at the elementary by calling (360)466-3172. Andy Wheeler, our special services director, also provides support. You can reach him at the district office by calling (360)466-3171.
CURRICULUM and PHILOSOPHY
The Little Braves Preschool follows all HeadStart guidelines and practices, including use of the Creative Curriculum. (Please know that as a new program, we are coming up to speed on all these requirements.) We believe that preschool gives students a great start to kindergarten and therefore all of schooling. Preschool students learn school behaviors and expectations and learn basic academics (shapes, colors, counting, some letters, etc) through play and table activities.