Welcome to the Frazee-Vergas Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness programs!  

School Readiness is preschool classes for individuals ages 3 to kindergarten enrollment.    The Hive is for 3-year-olds and parents/guardians do not stay for class.  They meet twice a week for 3 hours.    The Hornet Academy is for 4-year-olds and older, and parents/guardians do not stay for class.   They meet either four days a week or two days a week for a full school day.   The Early Child Family Education is a parent-child class and we offer an evening and daytime class called ECFE Parent-Child Classes.  We look forward to your family participating in our programs. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us!  For questions regarding registrations and/or tuition payments, please call Kitti at Ext. 5343.  For your child's teacher please call their classroom at the following extensions: Miss Brenna, Ext. 4104 and Miss Danielle, Ext. 4103.  The district is currently seeking an ECFE/School Readiness teacher.  Once hired, his/her extension will be 4108.  For Free/Reduced status, please call Sarah at Ext. 4406 or Chrissy at Ext. 5603.  To check your child's lunch account balance, please call Stacey at Ext. 5601.   For more information on PATHWAYS Grant, please contact Lisa Wick at Freshwater Education District at (218) 629-6082.   For questions regarding your child's IEP or to have your child evaluated, please call Freshwater Staff at Ext. 4106.  For all other concerns, please contact Mr. Nagel at Ext. 4625. 

Phone: (218) 334-3181

Census - Your Child & Family Counts!

Is your child on the school census?  If you have recently moved into our district, or had an addition to the family (such as birth or adoption), please complete the census form.  This will ensure you receive information on Preschool Health Screening, Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness programs, Kindergarten Roundup/Registration, etc.   The school census will be used only for school business and will be handled in a confidential manner.   By completing the census form you are also helping our district determine funding for preschool classes.  A separate form is needed for each child and please only include children ages infants through 6 who are not yet enrolled in elementary school.  If you have any questions, please email Kitti Kivi-Lex at kkivi-lex@frazee.k12.mn.us or (218) 334-3181, Ext. 5343. 

Census Form

Hornet Academy Preschool  (must be 4 years old by Sept. 1) 

Classroom teachers are Brenna Maijala (2 days/week class) and Danielle Spieker (4 days/week class).  The district is currently taking applications for a 4 days/week class instructor.  Brenna and Danielle are both awesome!  Each class has outstanding paraprofessionals to assist.   You are registering for the 2024-25 school year.  Please be aware that you are registering your child for the upcoming year and that there is a fee for these classes.    At this time you are not being charged any fees just registering and it will show a zero balance for registration purposes only.   Parents will have several options for making payments.    These options will be emailed to you when classroom teacher’s are assigned students.  There are a limited number of spots in each class.  Once classes are filled, families have the option to add their child to the “waitlist” for the 2024-25 Hornet Academy.  We will contact you should there be an opening.  Classes run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day scheduled.

2024-25 Annual/Monthly Tuition Rates:

FULL RATE: 4 Full Days (120 full days)/Week: $3,500 annual fee / $389 monthly

FULL RATE: 2 Full Days  (M/W full days)/Week: $1,750 annual / $194.50 monthly

FULL RATE: 2 Full Days  (T/Th full days)/Week: $1,750 annual / $194.50 monthly

REDUCED/FREE RATE: PATHWAYS Grant(application will be mailed out in August) 


*If you meet the qualifications through the PATHWAYS grant, you may qualify for free tuition.  An application for this grant is required.  If you have any questions on this grant or eligibility, please reach out to Lisa Wick, Early Childhood Coordinator, Freshwater  Education District.  Lisa’s contact information is as follows:  lwick@fed.k12.mn.us or (218) 629-6082.  She will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding PATHWAYS. 


If your child is receiving ECSE services, your case worker will need to notify the billing department with the date your child starting receiving services.  If this information is not shared with the billing department, you will be billed tuition as stated above.

NOTE:  Parents have the option to be added to a notification list for future preschool offerings and parent-child classes for five years out.  If you have a child that will be eligible in 2025-26 and beyond, please add your child to email notification when the District begins to take registration for upcoming years.  To do so,  CLICK HERE.

ECFE Parent/Child Classes  (Newborns to age 5 years old) 

Research shows that early childhood programs involving both parents and children are more effective than programs focusing exclusively on children.  Educators and psychologists contend that it is vital for early childhood programs to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children.  Involving families prior to kindergarten enrollment encourages parents to play an active role in their children’s learning from birth into the elementary years and beyond.   And research confirms that children whose parents are involved in their education and learning are more successful in school.    We encourage all parents to participate in our Early Childhood Family Education classes along with their children.   Class is available Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. Classes typically start in October and run through March. You are registering for the 2023-24 school year.  Please be aware that you are registering your child for the upcoming year and that there is a fee for these classes.    At this time you are not being charged any fees just registering and it will show a zero balance for registration purposes only.   There is a fee for classes and parents will have several options for making payments.   There is a minimum number of students needed for the classes to run and a limited number of spots in each class.  Once classes are filled, families have the option to add their child to the “waitlist” for the 2023-24 Hornet Academy.  We will contact you should there be an opening.   The District is currently taking applications for a Early Childhood Family Education Parent Educator.  The School District will communicate when a teacher is hired and when classes begin.

The District is currently taking applications for a Early Childhood Family Education Parent Educator.  The School District will communicate when a teacher is hired and when classes begin.


Annual/Monthly Tuition Rates:

FULL RATE:  $100 annual / $50.00 in November & $50.00 in February

REDUCED/FREE RATE:  Call 218-334-3181. Ext. 5343

NOTE:  Parents have the option to be added to a notification list for future preschool offerings and parent-child classes for five years out.  If you have a child that will be eligible in 2025-26 and beyond, please add your child to email notification when the District begins to take registration for upcoming years.  To do so,  CLICK HERE.

What Needs to Be Returned to the Classroom Teacher?

Additional Resources

PLEASE NOTE:  2024-25 Information will be finalized and sent out in August with the district's back to school mailing.

If your child is receiving ECSE services, your case worker will need to notify the billing department with the date your child starting receiving services.  If this information is not shared with the billing department, you will be billed tuition as stated above.

Please do not fill out and turn in the 2023-24 school year registration packet and submit for future school years.   Registration packets are mailed out to families once they have been accepted into a class.   For notifications for future classes, please register using the links at the bottom of this page.  Any registrations packets received will be shredded if the student is not currently in a 2023-24 class.

Tuition Rates

Tuition for school readiness programs are based on family income.   The Hornet Academy are funded through state School Readiness funds and student tuition.  Tuition may be paid in any installment from monthly to annually.  Tuition will be billed on a monthly basis unless a customized billing schedule is set up.  Please complete an income eligibility form to be reviewed by the District Business Office to determine your child's tuition rate.  All forms are confidential and remain on file with the business manager.  Income eligibility forms must be completed in order to receive reduced tuition. We do offer a sliding fee scale which is based on your family income.  Your child's tuition payment does not include school lunches. For questions on your tuition or payment, please contact Kitti at kkivi-lex@frazee.k12.mn.us or 218-334-3181, Ext. 5343.   To pay your preschool fee, we provide the following options:


School Lunches

Families participating in the Frazee-Vergas Public Schools preschool programs are encouraged to complete an income eligibility form to be reviewed by the District Business Office.  All forms are confidential and remain on file with the Frazee-Vergas District Office.   This will determine income eligibility for free or reduced school lunches for your family.  The forms are:


Any questions about the prices or your child's account balance, please reach out to Stacey Foss via email at sfoss@frazee.k12.mn.us or by telephone at 218-334-3181, Extension 5601.  


The District Office provides the following options for making a payment on your family's lunch account:


CLICK HERE to sign up for future Frazee-Vergas preschool notifications