Preschool Options in Springfield
Early learning opportunities provide an important foundation for student success. Recognizing the value of exposure to early learning opportunities, Springfield Public Schools collaborates with various area agencies to offer several options for families to provide students aged 0 to 5 with quality early learning options.
Learning Littles (Pequeñines Encantados) is a bilingual drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their children, ages 0 to 5. The group provides open playtime for kiddos that includes story time, age-appropriate games and activities, and a snack. Adults have the opportunity to interact and connect with other parents or ask any questions they might have about parenting. The playgroup begins in October each and runs throughout the year.
Preschool Promise Program
Thanks to United Way, the Lane Early Learning Alliance and House Bill 3380, the Preschool Promise project has come to Springfield. Using an available classroom space at Maple Elementary, the district's first preschool opened in 2017. The students learn a variety of basic skills, both social and academic, in the course of a 5-1/2 hour day, helping them be more ready to start kindergarten the following year.
"Most educators believe that access to quality preschool programs is a key to student success,"says Dave Hulbert, the preschool administrator who also serves as principal of Walterville Elementary School. "We are very excited to offer this opportunity for some of our families who could not otherwise afford preschool."
Kids in Transition to School
Kids in Transition to School (KITS) is an early childhood program offered for families in several of our school communities. The program begins in the summer before students start kindergarten and continues into the early school year. Kids learn important school readiness skills that will help them be more successful in kindergarten. The program also includes workshops for parents to help prepare their kids for school. The program is funded through a collaboration between the United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel School Districts and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
Thurston Child Development Center
Thurston High School operates an excellent preschool through its Child Development Center. The preschool is open to the public, and also provides a learning venue for high school students who are interested in child care.
Brattain Early Learning Center
The Brattain Early Learning Center houses district partner organizations that currently serve pre-kindergarten students in schools and buildings throughout Springfield, including Head Start, Early Childhood CARES, and the Early Education Program. The programs primarily serve low-income, at-risk, or developmentally delayed children and families.
Willamalane Parks and Recreation District
Willamalane offers a number of preschool options for ages 3-5.