Play and Learn Preschool

Preschool News

Play and Learn Preschool - the first step in your child's educational journey with Dassel-Cokato Schools We are a public school readiness program for children ages 3 to 5. Understanding that young children learn best through play, your licensed early childhood teachers intentionally design the classroom environment to encourage exploration and learning through play following research-based curriculum and the State on Minnesota Early Learning Standards. Play and Learn Preschool embraces curiosity and hands-on problem solving while providing children with daily opportunities for social and emotional development.

3 year old classes

Must be 3 by Sept 1 & use restroom independently

Mondays & Thursdays 8:15-11:15 a.m.

Tuesdays & Fridays 8:15-11:15 a.m.

(NO transportation provided for 3 year old classes.)

4-5 year old classes

Must be 4 by September 1

Choose location your child will attend for kindergarten. Free transportation is available, see more info below.

Early Childhood Center - Mon & Thurs- 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs- 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs-12:15-3:15 p.m.

Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 12:10-3:10 p.m.

FREE transportation is an option for the 4 & 5 year old preschool classes held at Dassel or Cokato Elementary Schools ONLY!

NOTE: Students choosing to use busing who live or will be transported to/from daycare from the:

  • North side of HWY 12 must enroll in an a.m. class
  • South side of HWY 12 must enroll in a p.m. class

If your child will NOT be using transportation you may register for either section.

Preschool Tuition

$95 Monthly Installments OR $855 for the full year

Reduced tuition is available based on income eligibility guidelines. Please view the second page of the preschool registration form for more information about reduced preschool tuition. Reduced tuition rates are $72/month and $48/month. If reduced tuition is still a financial hardship scholarships may be available. Please call 320-286-4120 to inquire.

To find out if your family qualifies simply fill out the Application for Educational Benefits and return it to the Dassel-Cokato District Office M-F 7:00-4:00 or mail it to:

Attn: Tracy Clark

Dassel-Cokato School District Office

4852 Reardon Ave SW, Suite 1700

Cokato, MN 55321

Please call 320-286-4120 with any questions.

Everyday Math

curriculum is used in our preschool classrooms as well as grades kindergarten through 4 throughout our school district. Everyday Math incorporates math into the day to day activities of the classroom. These hands-on, playful math activities are built to help our preschoolers explore math concepts such as: Counting, Measurement, Shapes, Patterning, Graphing, Number Concepts and Data Gathering. All this learning achieved through purposeful play!

State of MN Early Learning Standards

Our preschool teachers follow these research-based standards while planning lessons and classroom centers. This Minnesota Framework includes: Social & Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language & Literacy Development, Creativity & the Arts, Cognitive Development, and Physical & Motor Development.

Play and Learn Preschool has been awarded the 4 Star Parent Aware Award!

Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. One way they do that is through Parent Aware Star Ratings. Their One- to Four-Star Ratings allow families to easily identify early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Programs who volunteer to be Rated are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have:

  • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
  • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn


Preschool Staff

Becky Baatz, Sally Belgum-Blad, Betty Westrum, Suzie Robben, Vicky Sager, Katie Quaas, Krista Cates, Kathy Lundeen, Tracy Rickeman, Sarah Polzin, Barb Harder (not pictured Steph Caron and Shannon Miller)

Cokato 4's & Mon/Thurs 3's Preschool Staff

Becky Baatz (paraprofessional), Kathy Lundeen (speech pathologist), Vicky Sager (paraprofessional), Katie Quaas (licensed teacher), Tracy Rickeman (ECSE teacher)

Dassel 4's & Tues/Fri 3's Preschool Staff

Suzie Robben (licensed teacher), Betty Westrup (paraprofessional), Sarah Polzin (paraprofessional), Barb Harder (speech pathologist)