Combination Child care & Private Preschool
Early Childhood Special Education & Screening
Religious Preschool
Life Long Learning Resources
Kindergarten Preparation
Other Educational Links and Resources

► ECFE Regional Early Childhood Family Education   218-327-5850

 Classes for families with children ages birth to Kindergarten Entrance. No income guidelines. Ongoing registration at anytime. The Regional Family Gram comes out at the end of August.  




► Head Start           

Head Start works with our Invest Early partners to provide programming in Grand Rapids, Deer River, Nashwauk/Keewatin, Greenway-Taconite/Marble. We also have classrooms in International Falls and Northome in Koochiching County. Preschool and family support for pregnant women, infants and children up to age five. (Income guidelines apply for all Head Start Programs)

► Early Head Start

Pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers

Head Start Teen Age Parent Program  (TAPP)

Programming for students working toward their high school diploma or GED and attending the Area Learning Center in Grand Rapids. Head Start also offers a teen out-reach program in Deer River.

►  Invest Early       

"To deliver comprehensive wrap-around services to children and their families while evaluating the long term impact of the investment."
   Core Services: Infant/toddler classrooms, Preschool classrooms, Parent Education, Family Development and Health

► Invest Early Partners

PARTNERS (Click on partner for more info)  Itasca County Public Health  •  Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) & School Readiness,,,, KOOTASCA Head Start - ,Itasca Community College - ,  Itasca County Family YMCA Child Care - , Adult Basic Education (ABE) - ,  Blandin Foundation - ,  Bemidji State University -

► School Readiness Preschool  

A public school program. (Blended Classes with Kootasca Head Start, Invest Early, and School Readiness) Classes for children ages 3-Kindergarten Entrance. 1 common application to complete.  No income guidelines. Anyone can apply and we will determine your funding stream. Available in (Deer River ISD #317, Grand Rapids ISD #318, Greenway ISD #316, & Nashwauk/Keewatin ISD #319) 

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  Early Childhood Special Education and Screening




  ► Early Childhood Special Education ECSE    
ISD 316 ▪ Greenway ▪ 247-7306
ISD 317 ▪ Deer River ▪ 246-8860
ISD 318 ▪ Grand Rapids ▪ 327-5572
ISD 319 ▪ Nashwauk-Keewatin ▪ 885-1280  
If your Child is under Three Call-218-327-5570

Sometimes young children need special support in their early years to help them grow and learn with more success. Early Childhood Special Education offers a variety of services at no cost to children and their families: information and referral; screening; evaluation; special education classes and related services under FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education laws); and coordination of services, which might include specialized instruction, assistive technology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services and more. If you are concerned that your child may not be playing, talking, growing, moving or acting like most other children of the same age, free and confidential help is available.

 ► Early Childhood Screening  

ISD 316 ▪ Greenway ▪ 245-1287; x26804 or 26303
ISD 317 ▪ Deer River ▪ 246-8860; x412
ISD 318 ▪ Grand Rapids ▪ 327-5572
ISD 319 ▪ Nashwauk-Keewatin ▪ 885-2900; x51154 

Parent/Guardians, please remember to call for an Early Childhood Screening appointment when your child is 3½ or just turning 4.  All children must be screened once before kindergarten entry or participation in Early Childhood programs.  Screening is free, it’s fun and it’s a great opportunity for you to see your child’s total growth.  Screening includes: Height • Weight ·   Vision • Hearing ·   General development • Health History ·   Immunization Review

If potential problems are identified, your child will receive appropriate follow-up or be connected with resources in the school and community.  Your child will automatically be enrolled into a school district at the time of screening.

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   Religious Early Childhood Preschool




►  Grace Christian Preschool  

Taking ages four and up. Classes three days a week-Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9-12

► Our Redeemer's Little Lambs Preschool 

Provides an early childhood education with a Christian foundation is a safe, nurturing Lutheran environment that offers developmentally appropriate experience for preschool families in our church and community.

► St Joseph's Preschool

We are a Licensed and accredited preschool for three and four year old children. We focus our teaching around christian values.

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  Private and Combination Preschool and Child Care




Child Care Resource and Referral

 Information and referral to licensed child care in Itasca County and the surrounding area.

Imagination Station 218-326-7072

► Wonder Years Preschool (Nashwauk)1-218-885-2286


Established in 1978 we are a parent involved preschool open three days a week. We have qualified teachers and are licensed by the state of Minnesota.  

St Andrew's Preschool Grand Rapids 218-326-8508


Weefolksgarten is a state licensed program operating year round, Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Licensed staff provide a safe, fun, caring, and enriching environment.

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  Kindergarten Preparation





► Kindergarten Readiness

► Kindergarten Readiness Check list

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Life Long Learning



 ► AEOA Adult Basic Education

► Itasca Community College 

► Itasca Area Community Education  

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Other Educational Sites and Opportunities





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