• Teddy Bears (PreK ages 4+)

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  • Our PK Teddy Bears Program welcomes pre-kindergarten children who are age four by September 1st of the applicable school year.  Students must be enrolled in a relevant Byron Preschool class to attend.

    Care Options for Teddy Bears:

    • Before School ~ 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
    • After School ~ 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM
    • Non-School Days ~ 7:00 AM to 5:15 PM
    • Inclement Weather Days
      • Late Starts ~ 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM
      • Early Outs ~ open for 2 hours from release time
      • Snow Days ~ 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (at Primary School)
    • Preschool Plus Childcare
      • Afternoon Preschool Plus Morning Childcare ~ 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM
      • Morning Preschool Plus Afternoon Childcare ~ 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM



    The primary enrollment application period for PK Teddy Bears begins March 15, 2024, at 7:00 AM.  If your child’s application is received by March 25, you will be notified by March 29 whether your child is admitted into the program (enrollment shall continue past this date if not at full capacity).  Please know, if you only need 3 or less days of child care, we may not have an enrollment answer for you until late May.

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  • Teddy Bears Program
    Community Education Center (CEC)
    630 1st Avenue NW, Byron, MN 55920
    Located at Primary School for snow days

    Ms. Heather

    Heather Zieman
    PK Site Supervisor, Lead Teacher
    Contact Info (click here)

Important Notes

  • Program Capacity

    There are a limited number of enrollment spots available for each of the child care options.  Applications will be largely prioritized by 1) preschool class selections—priority given to students enrolled in a Preschool Plus Childcare class, then to those in a M-F Full Day class; 2) number of care days needed—preference given to those needing 4-5 days; and 3) date/time applications are received.

    Billing Contract

    All preschoolers who are enrolled in the PK Teddy Bears Program must have a set schedule of anticipated attendance for the school year, via contract.  A child’s schedule/contract is based on the care option(s) and specific days indicated on their enrollment application.  The pre-arranged schedule is directly used each week for billing purposes, regardless if the child attends or not (excludes days PK is closed).

More About Teddy Bears

  • We know that it can be a bit overwhelming for our youngest PK children that spend a portion of their day in preschool and a portion in child care, so we make it as comfortable, and fun, as possible for them in their daily explorations.

    Consistency and trust are essential!  That’s why we have devoted one super awesome Lead Preschool Teacher and several of our wonderful Program Assistants explicitly to our PK Teddy Bears Program.  Our preschool children’s wellbeing is their #1 responsibility.  You can be assured, the Project Kids Program Coordinator is also fully committed to providing a quality experience to all of our Teddy Bears and their parents and guardians.

    Comfy blankets are, well… comfy!  One of the ways we provide a comfortable atmosphere is by providing a nicely decorated and supplied classroom that is dedicated only to our Teddy Bears; this cozy room embraces everything preschool, and beyond.  Another way, of course, is by inviting children to keep a blanket and "stuffie" in their PK Teddy Bears classroom for quick access to something familiar and cuddly.

    Small group sizes are awesome!  The PK Teddy Bears Program maintains a 1-to-10-or-better ratio (i.e., one fantastic PK helper for ten-or-fewer charming preschoolers).  This allows our staff and youngest students to better succeed in their everyday opportunities.