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  • Preschool selection notification will begin the week of August 13, 2018 continuing through August 24, 2018. Preschool classes begin Monday, August 27th, 2018. The survey at the bottom of this page called "Parent Request Survey" is the only pathway to preschool enrollment. Please do not enroll preschool children through the iParent iEnroll process. If your child is selected, a Federal Programs preschool teacher will contact parents directly to initiate the preschool enrollment process.

    State funding has been granted, therefore, all programs listed below will be provided during the 2018-19 school year. 

Preschool Programs

  • Big Lake Elementary

    Finger Lake Elementary

    Goose Bay Elementary

    John Shaw Elementary

    Iditarod Elementary School




    Meadow Lakes Elementary

    Palmer High School

    Talkeetna Elementary

    Willow Elementary

    Butte Elementary

Preschool Eligibility:

  • Title I, Migrant Education, Title VI (Indian Education), and Widening The Net funding sources support the Federal Program preschools. Selected students must be eligible for at least one of these programs:

    • Title I - must live within the physical boundary of a designated Title I school.
    • Migrant Education (Title IC) - currently enrolled in Migrant Education Program through Federal Programs.
    • Title VI (Indian Education) -  enrolled member or descendent of  enrolled member of a recognized tribe or tribal group. Documentation Required.
    • Widening The Net -  MatSu Early Childhood Partnership (ECP) program open to district wide students who are not being served by other local programs.

Selection Priority:

  • In addition to program eligibility student selection will be based on the following priority:

    • Children who are less than 5 and greater than 3 years of age prior to September 1 in the current year and have not been served by a MSBSD preschool, and have academic need (as determined by a screening interview conducted by a Federal Programs preschool teacher).
    •  In addition to the above Selection Priority eligibility, Widening The Net Preschool has a special focus on English Learners.

Child Find:

  • If you have any educational or physical developmental concerns for your child please go to Child Find website.

Preschool Interest Process

Preschool Staff

  • Click staff name to email & phone to dial on mobile devices. See specific program staff on program pages.

       Andrew Mickelson  Preschool Teacher, Big Lake Elementary School  907.892.9700
       Camilla Lee  Preschool Teacher, Iditarod Elementary School  907.352.9100
       Charity Moore  Preschool Teacher, Talkeetna Elementary School  907.746.8400
       Holly Peters  Preschool Support  907.746.9276
       Jeanie Lombard  Preschool Teacher, Butte Elementary School  907.861.5200
       Karen Don  Preschool Teacher, Palmer High School  907.746.8400
       Katherine Ellsworth  Director  907.746.9236
       Lara Fahnlander  Preschool Teacher, Meadow Lakes Elementary School  907.352.6100
       Mary Drozd  Preschool Teacher, Willow Elementary School  907.495.9300
       Monica Smith  Preschool Teacher, Goose Bay Elementary School  907.352.6400
       Rachael Gerard  Preschool Teacher, Finger Lakes Elementary School  907.864.2200
       Sarah Russell  Preschool Teacher, John Shaw Elementary School  907.352.0500

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