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Bloomington reaches tentative agreement on new teacher contract

Sept. 22, 2016

Bloomington Public Schools and the Bloomington Federation of Teachers (BFT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract for the district’s more than 850 licensed staff.

The tentative agreement was reached today following an all-day mediation session.

The tentative agreement is within the School Board’s parameter, and will now be presented to the BFT membership for a ratification vote within the next two weeks.

Specific details about the agreement are confidential until the ratification vote is completed.

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Early Learning Services


Lottery for Early Learning Services Preschool for 4-Year-Olds: Bloomington Residents Only

Thank you for your interest in Bloomington/Richfield Early Learning Services program. We are pleased to announce an opportunity to expand our preschool programs for 4-year-olds in both communities thanks to the new voluntary pre-K funding approved by legislators in May.

In Richfield, all 4-year-old preschool classes will be free for district residents. If you are a Richfield resident please call 612-243-3047 to register. Limited openings are available.  

In Bloomington, all 4-year-old preschool classes will be free for district residents who were already registered in our program. After registering pre-K students through our normal process, we have determined that we can open 36 seats with this new state funding. The 36 seats will be filled through a lottery application and selection process.

These new preschool classes will be offered in the afternoon at Indian Mounds, beginning October 3, and the Pond Family Learning Center, beginning December 5.

Transportation will be provided for students in the program at Pond. Students in the Indian Mounds program who reside within the school's attendance area will receive free transportation. Students selected to attend the Indian Mounds program outside the attendance area must provide their own transportation.

Parents can register for the lottery online here, by phone (952-981-6212), email (hdsimmons@isd271.org), or in person at Pond, 9600 3rd Ave. S.

The lottery application deadline is Sept. 9. Selection is scheduled for Sept. 12, and notification to families the week of Sept. 19.

For more information, please call Early Learning Services at 952-681-6212.



Bloomington-Richfield Early Learning Services serves children from birth to 5 years and their families.

The Early Learning Services offers a variety of programs and services in Bloomington and Richfield Public Schools.

 The program's mission is to strengthen families through quality education and support in parenting and parent-child relationships. In early learning, we focus on both parents and kids and know that a parent is a child's first and most important teacher.

 Quality educational childcare is provided on site for a small fee for siblings not enrolled in classes.



Get Ready, Get Set for Kindergarten Success! 

Click here to see a list of skills that are important to introduce to four-and five-year old children. Children learn at different rates, and these skills are not requirements, but rather a guideline for what can be encouraged and worked on before kindergarten.

Programs & Services

Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes help parents meet the challenges of parenting and help young children (birth to 5 years) develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Over 30 ECFE classes are offered per week at three sites during mornings, evenings and Saturdays. ECFE is a public school program staffed by licensed parent and early childhood educators. ECFE operates on a sliding fee scale; no one is turned away for inability to pay.

To register for classes, visit www.br.thatscommunityed.com or call 952-681-6221.

School Readiness Preschools

We currently have openings available for children ages 3-5. 

Early Learning Services preschools help children develop learning readiness skills so they will have the confidence, independence, and social abilities to become successful learners. Preschool classrooms and activities are designed to provide a variety of fun and meaningful hands-on learning experiences and staff members pay close attention to meeting children's individual and developing needs. All teachers are licensed in early childhood family education or early childhood special education. Parent involvement is an important part of our preschool programs. Early Learning Services offers four unique preschool programs for both three- and four-year-olds at three sites in Bloomington and Richfield.

Click here for more details or call 952-681-6221.

Early Childhood Screening

Early Learning Services conducts screenings for children in Bloomington and Richfield, which help identify children who may benefit from early childhood services before they enter school and connects them with the appropriate resources and programs. The state of Minnesota requires that all children be screened before they enter kindergarten. This screening should be done by the time your child turns four years old. If you have a concern about your child's development at age three, Early Learning Services will perform specially requested screenings.

For more information call 952-681-6200 or click here.

Special Needs

Many of our classes and preschools are offered in collaboration with early childhood special education (ECSE). Children identified with special needs are provided opportunities for successful participation through joint programs and collaboration with our district's Early Childhood Special Education department.

Bloomington ECSE programs: 952-806-8900
Richfield ECSE programs: 612-243-3004.

Community Provider Network (CPN)

Bloomington Public Schools is partnering with early childhood program providers in our community, including the We Believe Alliance, and the City of Bloomington’s Public Health Department to create a Community Provider Network (CPN). Through this CPN, we can increase the number of children who are ready for kindergarten and improve the readiness of these children. A strategy to achieve this goal is through the professional development of the members of the Community Provider Network.

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