Enrollment at
Dodge Nature Preschool


Dodge Nature Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications are considered in the order received.  Dodge Nature Preschool also maintains a waiting list once registration is full.

Downloadable Forms

Preschool Application

Scholarship Application

Dodge Nature Preschool Information Sheet

Formularios en Espanol Ano Escolar 2014-2015

Summer Session application information is available on the Summer page.  Summer applications will be accepted starting February 2, with placements made on an ongoing basis until filled.

Application Procedure

To enroll your child at Dodge Nature Preschool, please complete an application form and submit it with a $75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee between January 21 and January 31, 2014. 

All applications will be randomly numbered and placed in a lottery to provide a fair process. A new application for enrollment must be made each school year, including families that are presently on a wait list. Currently enrolled and returning families are given priority in placement. After these placements are made, new families are placed.  In addition, placements are made in consideration of optimal learning conditions, such as class balance of age, gender, and diversity.  An effort will be made to grant first requests for class days and times.

Notification of class placement will be given within two weeks after an application is received.  A non-refundable deposit will be due within two weeks of notification to hold this placement. This payment will be applied to the May 2015 tuition only. This deposit is non-refundable regardless of child’s attendance.  All enrolled families receive a complimentary membership to Dodge Nature Center from June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Kristin Lerstrom by e-mail, call 651.455.4555, or stop by the front desk.

Tuition Rate Schedule and Policies

Tuition Rates for 2014-15:

A non-refundable payment equal to the monthly tuition is due one week after placement notification has been given to hold placement. This payment will be applied to the May 2015 tuition. This deposit is non-refundable regardless of child’s attendance. There will be no reduction in monthly tuition for days missed or days that school is closed.


Dodge Nature Preschool offers morning or afternoon classes with the option of adding extended care hours.  Our usual teacher to child ratio is 1:6. 

Morning Classes:  8:45 – 11:30 am (M,W,F / Tu,Th / M-F)

Afternoon Classes:  12:45 – 3:30 pm (M,W,F / Tu,Th)

Morning Bunch: 8-8:45 am

Lunch Bunch: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Tuition Assistance

A scholarship fund is available to families who may need assistance with tuition. This may be ongoing support or temporary help due to a change in circumstances for a family. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form and return it with your Dodge Nature Preschool application for enrollment. A new request for scholarship will need to be made for each school year. Scholarship funds are limited.

Dodge Nature Preschool is a four-star rated program through Parent Aware.  Further tuition assistance may be available to families who qualify through MN Early Learning Scholarships.  For more information about MN Early Learning Scholarships click here (http://www.thinksmall.org/for_parents_and_guardians/help_paying_for_child_care)


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