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 1, 2022. 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 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 whom 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 which will allow a teacher two years to complete the required coursework for the endorsement.
  • 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.

SFN 1304 may be downloaded from the North Dakota Forms website. Download and Adobe PDF reader instructions are located at the top of page.

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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2021-2022 Approved Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • Academy for Children (Fargo)
  • Alexander Public School
  • Ashley Public School
  • Barnes County North (Wimbledon)
  • Beach Public School
  • Belfield Public School
  • Bismarck Early Childhood Education Program
  • Bob Callies Preschool (Garrison)
  • Bowman County Preschool
  • Caring-TON Preschool
  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Elementary (Bismarck)
  • Cavalier Public School
  • Center-Stanton Public School (Center)
  • Central Cass Public School (Casselton)
  • Christ the King Catholic Montessori (Mandan)
  • Dakota Prairie Public School (Petersburg)
  • Drayton Public School
  • Dunseith Public School
  • Early Explorers Head Start (Devils Lake)
  • 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)
  • Gingerbread House (West Fargo)
  • Glen Ullin Public School
  • Glenburn Public School
  • Goodrich Public School
  • Grafton Public School-Century Elementary
  • Gwinner (North Sargent)
  • Hazelton-Moffitt-Braddock Public School (Hazelton)
  • Hebron Public School
  • Hettinger Public School
  • Holy Family School
  • Holy Spirit Elementary School (Fargo)
  • Innovation School (Bismarck)
  • Kensal Public School
  • Kenmare Public School
  • Kidder County (Steele Public School)
  • Killdeer Public School
  • Kulm Public School
  • Larimore Public School
  • Leeds Public School
  • Lewis & Clark (Berthold)
  • Lewis & Clark (Plaza)
  • Linton Public School
  • Litchville-Marion (Marion)
  • Little Flower Elementary School (Rugby)
  • Little Learners (Parshall)
  • Little Lions Preschool (Bishop Ryan Minot)
  • Little Scholars Preschool (Williston)
  • Lone Tree Public School (Golva)
  • Maddock Public School
  • Manvel Public School
  • Mapleton Public School
  • Marmarth Public School
  • Martin Luther School (Bismarck)
  • Max Public School
  • McClusky Public School
  • Midway Public School
  • Minnewaukan Public School
  • Minto Public School
  • Missouri Valley Montessori (Bismarck)
  • Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Public School (Mohall)
  • Montpelier Public School
  • Mt. Pleasant Public School (Rolla)
  • Munich Public School
  • Nativity Elementary School (Fargo)
  • Naughton School (Bismarck)
  • Nedrose Public School (Minot)
  • New England Public School
  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School (New Rockford)
  • North Border-Pembina Public School
  • North Border-Walhalla Public School
  • North Star (Cando)
  • Northern Cass Public School (Hunter)
  • Park River Area Public School
  • Pingree-Buchanan Public School (Pingree)
  • Richardton-Taylor Public School (Richardton)
  • Richland School District (Colfax)
  • Rugby Early Learning Center
  • Sargent Central Public School (Forman)
  • Sawyer Public School
  • Scranton Public School
  • Solen Public School District (Cannon Ball Preschool)
  • South Heart Public School
  • South Prairie School District (Minot)
  • St. Alphonsus Catholic School (Langdon)
  • St. Anne Elementary (Bismarck)
  • St. John’s Academy (Jamestown)
  • St. John (St. John School)
  • St. Mary’s Elementary (Bismarck)
  • St. Michael’s Elementary School (Grand Forks)
  • St. Thomas Public School
  • Starkweather Public School
  • Sterling Public School
  • Strasburg Public School
  • Surrey Public School
  • Tiny Turtles Preschool (Belcourt)
  • Trinity Elementary School (West Fargo)
  • Turtle Lake-Mercer Public School (Turtle Lake)
  • Underwood Public School
  • United Public School (Burlington)
  • University Children’s Learning Center (Grand Forks)
  • Valley-Edinburg Elementary School (Hoople)
  • Victory Christian (Jamestown)
  • Warwick Public School
  • Washburn Public School
  • Westhope Public School
  • Wilton Public School
  • Wing Public School
  • Wishek Public School
  • YMCA Childcare Development Center (West Fargo)
  • Zeeland Public School