Junior Kindergarten

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open.

Young children are our most valuable resource for the future. We encourage active learning with opportunities for self-esteem, enhancement, discovery, and decision-making in preparation for a successful transition into kindergarten.

Our program offers a kindergarten curriculum adapted for a younger age group that ensures a successful kindergarten transition. It’s another year of critical skill development before elementary school, with a focus on self-regulation, following complex directions, effective communication, and sustaining attention through work and play.

There are 2 Models

Half (1/2) day program

An academic classroom program at no cost.

Full day program

An academic classroom program and an extended enrichment program, provided by Junior Kindergarten PLUS+

The half (1/2) day academic program is free, but there is a cost to enroll in Junior Kindergarten PLUS+

Our Locations


Students are able to ride the bus if they are in the Robert Frost or John F. Kennedy (south of 57th St.) attendance areas.

If your child meets the criteria, we would welcome them to one of our 2 Junior Kindergarten programs. Please contact Chantel Yearling with questions.

Breakfast and Lunch

Students can participate in the breakfast and lunch program.

Amanda Clausen

Chantel Yearling

Elementary & Middle School Curriculum Clerical

✆ (605) 367-7943
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Junior Kindergarten PLUS+

Junior Kindergarten PLUS+ is a fee-based enrichment program that provides safe, quality care and embedded learning for children during school hours, opposite their Junior Kindergarten academic classroom program. The program is designed for children who will benefit from enrichment activities intended to prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for a full day Kindergarten experience.

The program is licensed by the State of South Dakota and meets quality standards in areas of environment, staff qualifications, training, and activities. Students are in classrooms with a maximum ratio of 15 to 1 which provides a greater level of individualized support and small group learning. Curriculum and activities incorporate concepts covered in the Junior Kindergarten classroom while also allowing students to explore and learn through interactive experiences.

Junior Kindergarten PLUS+ is available at Junior Kindergarten locations only. Students must first be enrolled into the Junior Kindergarten program and then may opt to add on the PLUS+ option.

This is a school day program. It does NOT include after-school care. Please contact the Community Learning Centers Office for more information regarding after-school options.

Junior Kindergarten PLUS+ program actively:

  • Promotes children’s learning

  • Provides an inviting, fun, and challenging learning environment

  • Provides positive adult role models

  • Provides enrichment activities related to academic goals

  • Focuses on social skill development

  • Enhances large motor skill development

  • Promotes positive friendships

Junior Kindergarten PLUS+ activities:

  • Math

  • Number recognition

  • Patterns and shapes Language Arts

  • Letter recognition

  • Handwriting

  • Site word recognition

  • Small group reading Art

  • Integration of Math and Reading Concepts

  • Creative Expression Social Emotional Learning

  • Fosters Communication

  • Builds on Adult and Peer Connections

  • Creates a sense of Community

School Year Annual Processing Fee (2024-2025)

A Non-refundable $20 Fee, per child, is due at time of enrollment.

Junior Kindergarten PLUS+

Regular Rate (biweekly and per child) - $155

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Community Learning Centers Office

✆ (605) 367-4424
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