Introducing the Southern Minnesota S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Alliance

With the help of a $20,000 grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we are expanding our S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K program to southern Minnesota in order to provide more support and training to teachers to enhance children’s readiness skills. The grant supports the inception of the Southern Minnesota S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Alliance, involving ten school-based Pre-K programs across nine counties in the region.

*S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Alliance Schools with School-Based Pre-K Programs:

Woodson Kindergarten Center Austin, MN
Raven Stream Elementary School New Prague, MN
Fairmont Elementary School Fairmont, MN
Blooming Prairie Elementary School Blooming Prairie, MN
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Elementary School Ellendale, MN
Medford Public School Medford, MN

*Please email mlrc@actg.org if your Pre-K program is part of the Alliance and not listed above.

Communities involved are: New Ulm, Kasson Mantorville, Mankato, Austin, New Prague, Fairmont, Blooming Prairie, New Richland-Heartland-Ellendale-Geneva, Medford and Rochester.

We plan to hold two S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshops in southern Minnesota this summer in order to train teachers within the Southern Minnesota S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Alliance: June 25-June 27 in Austin, Minn. and Aug. 6-Aug. 8 in New Ulm, Minn. Both workshops are also open to the public.

Compatible with any existing curriculum, S.M.A.R.T. (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training) innovatively teaches educators how to teach from a developmental perspective. We designed the S.M.A.R.T. Activities to train the brain to perform the automatic functions necessary for classroom learning and skill development. Children who have developed mature readiness skills through S.M.A.R.T. have shown an increased attention span, ability to focus and improved reading scores. Students who have not fully developed these readiness skills often struggle in the classroom, and a lack of these readiness skills can inhibit their ability to learn, attend and reach their full academic potential.

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