Getting Ready for Kindergarten

prek-2Welcome! We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Required Documents
These two items are required by the State of Minnesota before your child can enter kindergarten:

+ Your child’s birth certificate
Birth certificates can be obtained from any Dakota County Government Service Center

+ Up to date immunizations
You will be asked to provide a record of your child’s shots at Kindergarten Roundup. All children entering kindergarten must have a varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (or a history of having chickenpox) and a second dose of vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. If your child should not have immunizations for medical reasons or because of the conscientiously held beliefs of the parents, the school must have written proof of exemption.

You can enroll your child in one of our Early Learning Program classes any time during the school year.Tuition assistance funds may be available for those families who qualify.  For an application, please call 651-480-7678.

Early Childhood Screening for Ages 3 – 4 Years
Located at Tilden Community Center
Call 651-480-7381 to schedule an appointment or get more information.
An early look at your child’s health and development, early childhood screening allows any health and developmental concerns to be addressed at least one year before a child enters kindergarten. This free service is required by the state of Minnesota for entrance into Kindergarten. PLEASE DO IT EARLY! The ideal age is between 3  and 4 years of age. Screening includes height, weight, vision test, hearing test and developmental games. We are screening children on Fridays at Tilden Community Center.

Kids’ Campus (school age care for your kindergartener)
No matter which option you choose for your family, Kids’ Campus can provide before and after school care for your kindergartener. The program is open all year, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on most school release days and holidays. There are a variety of flexible enrollment options available. For information on Kids’ Campus, call 651-480-7671; email .


Kindergarten Registration Information

Your child’s elementary building is determined based on your home address and ISD 200 elementary attendance boundaries.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Kennedy Elementary School, 1175 Tyler St, Hastings, MN  55033   |  Office 651-480-7220   |   Fax 651-480-7222
  • McAuliffe Elementary School, 1601 West 12th St, Hastings, MN  55033   |   Office 651-480-7390   |   Fax 651-480-7392
  • Pinecrest Elementary School, 975 W. 12th St, Hastings, MN  55033   |   Office 651-480-7280   |   Fax 651-480-7282

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