School Readiness 


Program Description

Wabasso School Readiness is a half-day preschool program that provides eligible children adequate opportunities to participate in developmentally appropriate activities that enable them to enter school with the necessary skills and behavior to progress and flourish.  Wabasso School Readiness is a District 640 Community Education program operating under requirements by the State of Minnesota’s Department of Education.

Eligibility and Enrollment

All children residing in the Wabasso School District or open enrolled who are four years old by September 1st are eligible for School Readiness.  All eligible children will be able to participate; however, placement priority is given to those children with greatest needs, as identified through Early Childhood Screening.

Although School Readiness staff will attempt to ensure everyone is given their first choice of session times (am or pm), some families may need to enroll in a different session due to one session being filled.  Children who reside outside of Wabasso’s district and have not open enrolled their children may register contingent upon their being openings in the program.

Enrollment and registration procedures take place in late winter/early spring.  A child is considered to be enrolled for the following school year when a registration form and $10.00 non-refundable registration fee is received.

Class Days and Times

We have two sections of School Readiness: M/W/F & T/TH/F both classes running from 12:15-3:00pm.

The School Readiness program follows the same school year calendar as Wabasso Public Schools.  On occasion, the teacher may plan a special activity day in which all children will have the opportunity to attend all day.  Parents will be notified of these opportunities well in advance should they occur. 


In addition to the $20.00 registration fee, there is a $105.00 per month tuition fee for Cottontail Time.  Payments are due the first school day of each month.  Parents will emailed tuition statements each month.  Refunds are not given for days of school missed due to illness, vacation, weather, etc.  Checks can be made payable to School Readiness.  Please contact the Early Childhood Office (507-342-5114) if you would like to make alternative payment arrangements (e.g. bi-monthly, yearly, etc.). If you have a late payment, a $15 late fee will be added to that month. Each additional month that the payment is late will also result is a $15 late fee.

You may also apply for free or reduced tuition.