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December 6, 2017
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A seventh-grade student works on math homework at a Willmar Middle School after-school program in this October file photo. Willmar Middle School students’ math scores surpass the state average and their progress was highlighted when the school district conducted its annual public hearing on its World’s Best Workforce progress recently.
Willmar makes progress on World's Best Workforce goals
December 6, 2017 - 10:25pm
November 5, 2017
From left, Samantha Carlson, Adrian Vang, and Lydia Pettey drink milk and eat Goldfish crackers at the start of class in Julie Heroff's preschool class at Castle Elementary School in Oakdale on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Minnesota spends $125 million a year to teach 4-year-olds. Here's why
November 5, 2017 - 8:00am
May 19, 2017
Letter: The value of preschool diversity
May 19, 2017 - 9:16am
April 18, 2016
Val Walstrom is the preschool program director for the New London-Spicer School District,
Live it! Q&A: How preschool sets the tone for kindergarten
April 18, 2016 - 5:27pm
April 12, 2016
Melissa, left, and Elsie Scheele read "The Jesus Storybook Bible,” a tome that refashions biblical stories for young children. Elsie is a preschooler at Community Christian School in Willmar and will start kindergarten in the fall. Melissa says Elsie has become more outgoing since she began preschool. (PHOTOS BY DAN BURDETT | LIVE IT)
Live it!: Preschool ... and what your child can gain from it
April 12, 2016 - 10:27am
Tracy Borstad reads to a group of students in her preschool class at Community Christian School in Willmar. (DAN BURDETT | LIVE IT!)
Tips to determine if your child is ready for preschool
April 12, 2016 - 9:50am
June 25, 2015
Heartland Head Start enrollment opens
June 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
May 7, 2015
Jamine Shakya speaks with the Children’s Corner Preschool afternoon class at Willmar Assembly of God about taking care of their teeth, such as flossing. (TRIBUNE/Rand Middleton)play button
Good teeth are no accident
May 7, 2015 - 11:16pm
May 14, 2014
Renee Nolting, executive director of the United Way of West Central Minnesota, shows off some of the 40-plus purses that will be auctioned off Saturday night for the annual “Power of the Purse” fundraiser. The event, hosted by the United Way women’s philanthropy program, will raise money to support kindergarten readiness efforts. Tribune photo by Anne Polta
‘Power of the Purse’: Fundraiser to support efforts in early childhood education
May 14, 2014 - 11:21pm
February 27, 2014
Local musicians came to the Community Christian School on Thursday to show kids how different instruments sound during the Preschool Musical Extravaganza button
Video: Preschool Musical Extravaganza held at CCS
February 27, 2014 - 5:57pm
February 19, 2014
Children from the YMCA Child Care Center in Willmar learn to cross country ski Wednesday during their Kinder Stars class at the button
Video: Preschool Kids from YMCA Child Care Learn to Ski
February 19, 2014 - 5:07pm
October 10, 2012
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Let's Talk Kids blog: Introducing young children to sports
October 10, 2012 - 8:58am
January 17, 2012
State council members impressed with early childhood programs in Willmar, Minn.
January 17, 2012 - 4:06pm
May 5, 2010
Benson School officials approve change to preschool program
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am
October 23, 2008
Miller Holland, 4, of New London, left, goes through the materials inside a backpack presented to her by Karen Hilding, co-chair of the Empower initiative, right, at a preschool screening Wednesday at Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer. Empower was established to increase childrens' readiness to learn when they enter kindergarten. The backpacks contain scissors, crayons, paint and glue sticks to help children increase fine motor skills and learn basic shapes, letters and colors. A blank notebook also invite...
Initiative offers tools to improve kindergarten readiness
October 23, 2008 - 12:00am