Kindergarten Programs

Developing Skills for a Lifetime of Learning

Roseville Area School’s kindergarten programs nurture the natural curiosity of children while teaching them building-block skills needed for a lifetime of learning. Our kindergarten teachers provide abundant opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in a safe, nurturing learning environment.

Enrolling Your Child in Kindergarten

In Minnesota, a child must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to start kindergarten. Some exceptions exist for early or delayed admission (see below).

Kindergarten Information Night

Do you have a child entering kindergarten in fall 2022? Please join us on November 30, 2021, for Roseville Area Schools’ Virtual Kindergarten Information Night. There will be a district overview at 6 p.m., and school-specific information presentations at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will tell you all about our kindergarten programs, our elementary schools, how to enroll, early childhood screening, breakfast and lunch options, immunizations, and before and after-school care. Representatives from all district elementary schools will be present with an opportunity for questions and answers

If you were unable to join us on November 30 for Kindergarten Information Night, you can view the presentation shown during the event.

Kindergarten Enrollment Night

Save the date: Kindergarten Enrollment Night for the 2022-2023 School Year

  1. Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6-7:30 pm: Brimhall, Central Park, Edgerton, Emmet D. Williams, Falcon Heights, Little Canada and Parkview Center
  2. Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6-7:30 pm: Harambee only

Kindergarten enrollment paperwork will be mailed to district residents as well as those families who participated in the enrollment lottery the second week in February. Central Enrollment will also be offering online kindergarten enrollment beginning February 7.  Information on how to enroll online will be included in the mailing.  

Please contact Central Enrollment at 651-635-1626 or to find out if you are on our mailing list for incoming kindergartners the fall of 2022-2023.

The Kindergarten Enrollment Night event is designed for families who have completed and returned their kindergarten enrollment paperwork by February 17. If you need help completing the enrollment paperwork by February 17 or have questions, please call Central Enrollment at 651-635-1626 or email

During this event, you will learn more about your school, principal, teachers, educational benefits/nutrition plan, busing, health services/immunizations, before and after school care, English language services, special education services, and more.

If you live outside the district and are interested in sending your child to a Roseville Area school, please go to Open Enrollment for more information. Students are accepted on a space-available basis.

Entering Kindergarten Early

Students with birthdays from September 2 - October 31 may be able to enter kindergarten early. The criteria for acceptance into kindergarten early can be viewed here.  The deadline to apply for early entrance is April 1 of each year to begin kindergarten in the fall. If you are interested in our early entrance process, please contact at 651-635-1626.

Delayed Entrance

Parents may have a child voluntarily withheld for a year if they feel their child is not yet ready to attend kindergarten. Kindergarten age eligibility guidelines apply.  Please call Central Enrollment for more information.

About our Kindergarten Programs

Free, Full-Day Kindergarten

Roseville Area Schools offers free full-day kindergarten at all elementary buildings. Students are automatically placed in full-day kindergarten when completing the enrollment process.

Kindergarten Locations

Our six neighborhood schools offer kindergarten programs. Use the district map to locate your neighborhood school. If you're still not sure, please contact the Central Enrollment Office at 651-635-1626.

Informational videos are available that offer a glimpse of what kindergarten is like in each of our elementary schools:

Enrollment Lottery

Besides the six neighborhood schools, four district-wide kindergarten options also exist at Harambee, Parkview, Central Park, and the dual language immersion program at Little Canada. Transportation is provided for district students. For these schools, enrollment is based on a lottery that takes place in February. After November 1, we post lottery information for the upcoming school year.

  • Parkview Center School has a unique K - 8 structure with global education at its heart that integrates our global citizenship framework of PEACE - Peace, Equity, Action, Community, and Environment - and fosters multi-age connections throughout our school community.

  • SPARK Program at Central Park Elementary (STEM) has classes that combine Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and will be co-led by the SPARK Program specialist and the classroom teachers. Central Park classrooms will partner with the Works Museum, Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Harambee’s environmental program, and other secondary technology programs to expand what students will be learning in the labs.

  • Dual Language Immersion Program (Spanish-English) at Little Canada Elementary School offers a classroom environment where English- and Spanish-speaking students learn together. In this setting, students develop a deep appreciation for the Spanish language and culture. Studies show that students in Dual Language Immersion programs develop more fluent conversational skills than students in the more traditional language learning environments.

  • Harambee Community Cultures and Environmental Science School operates on a year-round schedule. Harambee also provides transportation from selected eastern metro school districts. Challenged to look outward to the world around them, students widen their perspectives through connections with others, their environment, and their communities.


District kindergarten students who live or go to childcare a half-mile or more from their school are eligible for bus transportation. This includes transportation to district-wide schools or programs as well as to neighborhood schools. Open-enrollment students usually do not qualify for district transportation. Visit our Transportation Department webpages for more details.

In-District Transfer

Attending a District School Outside of Your Attendance Area

You may have your child attend a District 623 school outside your neighborhood attendance area. However, you will need to provide transportation for your child. For an application, go to In-District Transfer or contact the Central Enrollment Office at 651-635-1626.

If Daycare is Outside Your Attendance Area

If your child attends daycare in a District 623 attendance area that is outside of your neighborhood school's boundaries, you will need to complete an In-District Transfer form. Transportation is provided from the daycare to the neighborhood school in the attendance area where the daycare is located.

Central Enrollment