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Our Preschool Program at a Glance

Our preschool is designed to prepare students socially and academically for kindergarten while providing them a Christian foundation for life. We follow the public school calendar from September to May. Our preschool program runs Monday-Friday, 8am-2:50pm with these additional options:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Monday/Wednesday/Friday

  • 3 & 4 year olds Tuesday/Thursday 

Little Echoes Preschool's goals and objectives will be based on the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota's Early Learning Standards. These Indicators of Progress are divided into the following six domains that reflect the full range of child development:


  1. Social & Emotional Development

  2. Approaches to Learning​

  3. Language and Literacy Development

  4. Creativity and the Arts

  5. Cognitive Development

  6. Physical and Motor Development

We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculums:

  • Reading & Writing

  • Language & Literacy

  • Numbers & Math


Our preschool program also includes:

  • Active play during recess, and free play

  • Separate class instruction for P.E. & Music

  • Parent conferences twice a year

  • Faith formation activities

  • Pre-readiness computer programs

  • IPads are incorporated into classroom learning

  • Time each week to use the library

  • Morning and afternoon snack

  • Daily rest time

Class size is limited to fifteen (20). Preference will be given to 4 & 5 year olds who register for Mon.-Fri. each week, by April 19, 2024. Registration is on a first paid registration, first-service basis. You will receive 10% off tuition if your child is signed up by April 19, 2024 and the non-refundable $100.00 deposit is paid. 

  • $110 for a full week (M-F)

  • $75/ wk for pre-kindergarten (M/W/F)

  • $55/ wk for preschool (T &TH)

  • Lunch is at additional cost and must be paid separately. Free/Reduced Federal Lunch Program is available. 

  • We use the public school bus system

  • We also have an electronic alert system for weather related announcements. 

Preschool Eligible Requirements

To be eligible to register for St. Mary's Little Echoes Preschool, a child must be: 

*at least 36 months old. (Note: Must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, for Kindergarten.)

*completely toilet trained
*up to date on their immunizations


Two of our children have attended preschool at St. Mary's. We have seem incredible growth in their development thanks to the hard-working teachers and staff. The small class sizes allow for individual attention, and they are thriving because of it. Every day, they come home with smiles and stories. We would recommend St. Mary's preschool to any family!
Jason and Kelly Kaare

All three of our sons have attended St. Mary's Preschool Program. Sending our kids to preschool at St. Mary's has always been an easy decision for us. We love that our children are learning in such a positive and caring environment. We are confident that any parent whose child attends St. Mary's will have a positive experience. 
Josh & Andrea Schreier

We would be delighted for your child(ren) to join our St. Mary's School family! Please contact us to set up a time we can connect and answer all of your questions. Lisa Dieter, school principal, would be happy to schedule a time with your family. Lisa can be reached at 507.629.3270 or

If you would like to move forward and register your child(ren) for our Little Echoes Preschool Program, please click the link below to be directed to our Preschool Admission Page. 


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