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Early Childhood

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The significance of early childhood education cannot be overstated, as it lays the groundwork for lifelong learning and personal growth. This critical phase in a child’s development is when they are most receptive to learning new concepts, absorbing information at an impressive rate. Engaging children in structured yet stimulating educational activities during these formative years can significantly impact their cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Early childhood programs play a pivotal role in identifying and addressing developmental delays early on, ensuring that every child receives the support necessary to reach their full potential.

Duluth Public Schools places a strong emphasis on creating an inclusive environment where students from diverse backgrounds can learn together, fostering mutual respect, empathy, and collaborative skills from an early age.

We recognize the importance of making early childhood education accessible to all families, regardless of their financial situation. The district offers financial assistance programs specifically designed to support low-income families, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to benefit from high-quality education. This commitment to accessibility and equity extends beyond financial support, as the district also provides a range of services to support students’ overall well-being, including special education, health and nutrition programs, and family support services. By choosing Duluth Public Schools, families not only secure a solid educational foundation for their children but also join a community dedicated to nurturing and supporting every student’s growth and success every day.

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Duluth Preschool & Head Start

Duluth Preschool offers class options in 7 elementary schools across the city, providing high quality early childhood classroom experiences. We focus on building social emotional skills, language & literacy, health & nutrition, physical & development for all children. We are proud to be one of the first preschool programs in the state to earn a Four-Star Rating from Minnesota Parent Aware- the highest rating possible!

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Early Childhood Family Education

In Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) we understand that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. We partner with our parents/caregivers to offer the very best in early childhood and family education.  Our team of parent educators and early childhood teachers offer support and education for your child and your family.

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Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides supports and services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families.

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