How to Apply

Dodge Nature Preschool offers part-day classes for children ages three through five. The priority enrollment period for our 2021-2022 school year ends January 29, 2021.

Application Calendar and Procedure


Before January 29, 2021 – Priority Enrollment
To enroll your child at Dodge Nature Preschool, please complete the online application form below and submit it with a $75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee. All applications received before January 29, 2021 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 who are presently on a wait list. Currently enrolled and returning families are given priority in placement. Placements are made in consideration of optimal learning conditions, such as class balance of age, gender, and diversity.

February 19, 2021 – Class placement and scholarship award notification
Notification of class placement for priority enrollment period will be sent by U.S. Mail by February 19, 2021.

February 26, 2021 – Non-refundable deposits due
A non-refundable tuition deposit and signed enrollment agreement will be due February 26, 2021 to hold placement. This payment will be applied to the May 2022 tuition only. This deposit is non-refundable regardless of child’s attendance.

After January 29, 2021
Applications received after the priority enrollment period will be considered in the order received.

Schedule & Tuition Rates for 2021-2022


Dodge Nature Preschool offers part-day classes for preschool children who are three years old by September 1, 2021. Families have the option of registering for 2, 3, or 5 mornings or afternoons. We do not offer full-day care. School year begins September 13, 2021 and ends June 8, 2022.

Morning classes – 8:45-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon classes – 12:45-3:30 p.m.

Tuition Rates
2-day (Tues. / Thurs.): $3,096/ year or $344/ month
3-day (Mon. / Wed. / Fri.): $4,005/ year or $445/ month
5 mornings: $7,101/ year or $789/ month
5 afternoons: $5,715/ year or $635/ month
Scholarships Available. See application below

Extended Care
Extended care is available for those families who choose it. Enrollment for extended care, “Bunches,” occurs in the summer and is separate from the preschool enrollment lottery held in January. Space is limited. If interest exceeds capacity, bunch enrollment is done by lottery.
Morning Bunch 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.   $32 per month for each day a child attends
Lunch Bunch 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.   $50 per month for each day a child attends
  Children must provide their own peanut-free lunch.

Questions? Send an email or call our front desk 651-455-4555.

Preschool Application 2021-2022

  • Please note: This application takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It does not allow you to save information if you leave the page.
    If you are applying for scholarship, you will need an electronic copy of your most recent tax information.
  • One child per application. If applying for multiple children, a link will appear after you submit to complete another application.
  • **Children MUST be three-years-old by September 1, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-22 school year.**
  • First Name:Last Name:Street Address:City:State:Zip:Primary Phone:Email:
  • First Name:Last Name:Street Address:City:State:Zip:Primary Phone:Email:
  • Class Preference

    Please choose classes below based on the order of preference. If a class day/time will not work for your family, please choose "Not my choice."
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceNot my choice
  • Additional Placement Information

    This information is optional. However, it can help during our classroom assignment process. We take into consideration parental preference, as well as balancing classes for age, gender, diversity, and temperament.
  • More information regarding your child’s needs, interests, and abilities will be gathered at the initial conference before your child begins school. If you believe your child may have educational or health needs which will require additional planning or preparation on the part of the school, please include those below.
  • Scholarship / Financial Aid

  • A general guideline is that scholarships are awarded to families who have an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $65,000 for a family of four.
  • Scholarship Information

    Special family circumstances can allow for a larger AGI. DNP Scholarships are awarded for tuition only and do not apply to Morning or Lunch Bunch, or any other school-related costs.
    Applying for or receiving scholarship has no impact on class placement.
    If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the section below. If you do not wish to apply for scholarship, please skip the next 8 "Scholarship" questions.
    If you qualify for the Pathway I scholarship, and the application fee is a hardship for your family, please contact us before completing this application.
  • Dodge Nature Preschool is a 4-Star Parent Aware rated preschool. Families who meet eligibility requirements could receive a Minnesota Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarship of up to $7,500 per year for tuition. All families applying for a Dodge Nature Preschool scholarship should also apply for a Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship.
  • A copy of your 2019 (or most recent) 1040 Tax Form (indicating adjusted gross income) is required. Please black out your social security numbers. Scholarships will not be considered without completed paperwork and tax forms. If you do not wish to upload your tax documents, you may submit them by mail or in person.
    NOTE: If you are separated, divorced, or have never been married, the non-custodial parent must also submit a 2019 1040 Tax Form (indicating adjusted gross income).
  • Application Fee Payment

    Please fill in your billing and credit card information below to pay the application fee.
  • $0.00
  • Sign & Submit

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