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Step into Shakopee - Stepping Stones Preschool


  • Dear Pearson Early Learning Center/Stepping Stones Preschool Families,

    Welcome to Stepping Stones Preschool at Pearson Early Learning Center (PELC) and the 2023/24 school year! I’m Julie Ritter, the Administrator at PELC.  On behalf of our staff, we are thrilled to welcome you and your child to a school year that will be filled with learning and fun!  

    At the top of this page of our back to school mailings (August 8, 2023), you will see your child’s preschool information including your child’s teacher and classroom. If you have any questions about your child’s classroom placement, please contact the office at 952.496.5862. Classes begin Thursday, September 7 unless otherwise noted due to class/program type and registration. 

    Our goal is that your child feels excited about coming to school. To help with the transition, we will be hosting two (2), in-person Connect & Celebrate events for students and families. The format and schedule for Connect & Celebrate is handled by your child’s teacher. They will provide you with information about how to make an appointment later in August.  

    Tuesday, September 5: 10:00AM-6:00PM

    Wednesday, September 6: 8:00AM-4:00PM

    During Connect & Celebrate, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, explore their classroom and turn in/fill out any remaining forms. 

    As a reminder, our program is tuition based. This means that our program relies on monthly tuition payments to provide preschool as part of Shakopee Public Schools. Should you have specific billing questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the District Office at 952.496.5026.

    Thank you for enrolling your child in Stepping Stones Preschool.  We truly believe that the key to a successful school year is the relationship we will have with you and your child, and we look forward to meeting you! Feel free to email or call with any questions!  


    Julie Ritter, Ed.D., Administrator, Pearson Early Learning Center, 952.496.5860

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