Pre-Kindergarten Approval

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North Dakota Century Code 15.1-09-58 requires a collaborative effort between NDDPI and the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) to approve local school districts’ pre-kindergarten programs.

All schools planning to offer Pre-K for the 2022/23 school year need to request Four-Year-Old Program Approval from NDDHS no later than June 1st. This includes schools that have previously declared a Pre-K grade configuration with NDDPI.

In order to initiate the pre-kindergarten approval process, the interested school district must submit the SFN 1304 Four-Year-Old Program Approval form to NDDHS, via email, along with the following items:

  • A copy of the school board minutes documenting school board approval of the program
  • A copy of the most recent fire marshal’s safety report
  • A non-refundable fee of $50

Pre-kindergarten programs must be taught by highly qualified teachers who have one of the following:

  • B3 License
  • Elementary education major and an early childhood endorsement
  • Elementary education major and a minor in early childhood education
  • Elementary education major and a kindergarten endorsement. A plan of study may be granted for the kindergarten endorsement, allowing a teacher two years to complete the required coursework.
  • K-8 license. The K-8 licenses are no longer issued by ESPB. However, those who already have a K-8 license may teach pre-kindergarten.
  • K-6 license. The K-6 licenses are no longer issued by ESPB. However, those who already have a K-6 license may teach pre-kindergarten.

Once the Four-Year-Old Program Approval form and documentation are reviewed and approved, the school may request a Pre-K grade level configuration with NDDPI. School districts will participate in annual desk audits. MIS03, STARS, and NDTEACH must be updated with your pre-kindergarten information.

Four-Year-Old Program Approval is valid for two years. Grade level configuration must be submitted annually to NDDPI.

Contact the North Dakota Department of Human Services Early Childhood Division at (701) 328-2115 for additional information regarding Four-Year-Old Program Approval.

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2022-2023 Approved Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • Alexander Public School
  • Ashley Public School
  • Barnes County North (Wimbledon)
  • BECEP Center (Bismarck)
  • Belfield Public School
  • Berthold Public School 
  • Bishop Ryan Catholic School (Minot)
  • Bob Callies Preschool (Garrison)
  • Burlington-Des Lacs Elem School (United)
  • Bowman County Preschool
  • Cannon Ball Elem School (Cannonball)
  • Carrington Elem School
  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Elem (Bismarck)
  • Cavalier Public School
  • Central Cass Public School (Casselton)
  • Century Elem School (Grafton)
  • Christ the King Catholic Montessori (Mandan)
  • Dakota Prairie Public School (Petersburg)
  • Drayton Public School
  • Dunseith Elem School 
  • Early Child Special Education School (Fargo)
  • Edgeley Public School
  • Edmore Public School
  • Elgin-New Leipzig Public School
  • Emerado Public School
  • Fessenden-Bowdon Public School (Fessenden)
  • Fordville-Lankin Public School (Fordville)
  • Gackle-Streeter Public School (Gackle)
  • Glen Ullin Public School
  • Glenburn Public School
  • Golva Elem School (Lone Tree) 
  • Griggs County Central Public School (Cooperstown)
  • Hazelton-Moffitt-Braddock Public School (Hazelton)
  • Hettinger Public School
  • Holy Spirit Elementary School (Fargo)
  • Kenmare Public School
  • Kensal Public School 
  • Killdeer Public School
  • Kulm Public School
  • LaMoure Public School
  • Larimore Elem School
  • Leeds Public School
  • Lincoln Elem School (Beach)
  • Linton Public School
  • Litchville-Marion Elem School (Litchville)
  • Maddock Public School
  • Manvel Public School
  • Mapleton Public School
  • Martin Luther School (Bismarck)
  • Max Public School
  • Medina Public School
  • Midway Public School
  • Minto Public School
  • Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Public School (Mohall)
  • Montpelier Public School
  • Munich Public School
  • Mt. Pleasant Public School
  • Nativity Elem School (Fargo)
  • Nedrose Public School (Minot)
  • New England Public School
  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School
  • Newburg-United Public School (Newburg)
  • North Border-Pembina Public School
  • North Border-Walhalla Public School
  • Northern Cass Public School (Hunter)
  • North Sargent Public School (Gwinner)
  • North Shore Plaza Public School (Plaza)
  • North Star (Cando)
  • Park River Area Public School
  • Parshall Elem School 
  • Pingree-Buchanan Elem School (Pingree)
  • Powers Lake Elem School 
  • Richland Elem School (Colfax)
  • Rugby Early Learning Center (Rugby Ely Elem)
  • Rolette Public School 
  • Sargent Central Public School (Forman)
  • Sawyer Public School
  • Scranton Public School
  • South Heart Public School
  • South Prairie School District (Minot)
  • St. Alphonsus Elem School (Langdon)
  • St. Anne Elem (Bismarck)
  • St. John’s Academy (Jamestown)
  • St. John Public School (St. John)
  • St. Mary’s Elem (Bismarck)
  • Starkweather Public School
  • Steele-Dawson Public School (Kidder Co)
  • Sterling Elem School
  • Strasburg Public School
  • Surrey Public School
  • Taylor-Richardton Elem School (Richardton)
  • The Innovation School (Bismarck)
  • Tiny Turtles Preschool (Belcourt)
  • Trinity Elem School (West Fargo)
  • Turtle Lake-Mercer Public School (Turtle Lake)
  • Underwood Public School
  • Valley-Edinburg Elem School (Hoople)
  • Victory Christian School (Jamestown)
  • Warwick Public School
  • Washburn Public School
  • Westhope Public School
  • Wilton Public School
  • Wing Public School
  • Wishek Public School
  • Zeeland Public School