Weather Forecast


ISD 196 preschool options expand

District 196 is expanding its half-day preschool offerings for 3- and 4-year-old children who live in the district through the new District 196 Connections Preschool program. Families will have a wider range of program offerings and locations to choose from, beginning with fall 2014 classes.

“Previously, we had a mix of programs with different names, formats and registration processes,” explained Karen Kellar, Early Childhood Family Education/School Readiness manager. “In order to be as family friendly as possible, we have combined all our programs for 3 and 4 year olds into Connections Preschool, with consistent curriculum, a common registration process and more financial assistance for families in need.”

“We are especially pleased to be able to expand our no-cost, school-based options with free transportation,” said director of elementary education Julie Olson. “These will help boost the school readiness of students who may need more support due to financial, language, development or other factors.” The school-based programs are targeted for 4 year olds in the Cedar Park, Echo Park, Greenleaf, Oak Ridge and Westview elementary schools’ attendance areas.

To receive a brochure or learn more, visit, call 952-431-8334 or email