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Preschool Openings & Registration

 If you would like assistance finding a preschool that will best fit your child, contact our Early Childhood Community Navigator MaKayla Oxley at 507-438-6869, or our main office at

507-437-0920 and they can assist you on your preschool journey.

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Through a grant from The Hormel Foundation and in partnership with SMART, United Way of Mower County provides a safe and efficient transportation service for preschool aged children in Austin who otherwise may not be able to attend preschool due to a transportation barrier. This service is a trusted, reliable, and affordable option for parents. Bus rides are $1 each way. There are many factors that go into bus placement such as pick up and drop off address, preschool location and time of class. Therefore, we cannot guarantee spots on the Rainbow Route for any child. We do our very best to get as many children on the bus as possible. All children must be registered for preschool before submitting an application. 
Contact United Way at 507-437-2313 or for any questions.



  1.  Enroll your child in the preschool of your choice.

  2. The Preschool will provide you with the QR code or link to register for preschool.

  3. Review the frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  4. Expect a letter notification the first week of August regarding your child's placement on a bus route or waitlist.

Applelane Childcare Center

2024 Registration

Registration Opens March 4th-8th

Please contact Applelane at

507-433-0070 to discuss the registration process or visit:  https://applelanechildcare.coml

Apple Lane offers child care and preschool scholarship opportunities. Please connect with office staff on application procedures.

Community Learning Center

2024 Registration

Online registration opens March 5th Visit: Pre-K Online Enrollment Checklist  Please prepare for online registration by providing the following documents available for upload during the registration process:  Student birth certificate (requested, but not required)  Current immunization records  Legal Custody document (if applicable)  Parents/Guardians Who Currently Have an Austin Public School Campus Parent Portal Account and Wish to Register Their Child for Pre-School  To register through the parent portal, please login to your portal account, choose "More" (on the left of the screen). Next, choose "Online Registration". (This process saves time. As an existing parent you are able to review your current data in the application.)

2024 Registration

Registration Opens March 4th

Register online:


For Registration Form Click :  HERE

When completed registration form can be dropped off or mailed to  1910 3rd Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

or it can be emailed to Meredith at

2024 Registration

Registration Opens March 21st Visit: Online registration on Family Portal Create an Account: Please create a parent portal account and bookmark this page for your reference to apply. Complete the online application. After creating your account, you will be able to log in to enroll your child/ren, apply for tuition assistance, print forms for your records, check on the status of your application, and much more. Instructions for Creating a Family Portal Login Please go to Select Parent Log In from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu. After the FACTS Family Portal Login screen opens, please select Create New Family Portal Account. Enter (PC-MN) into the District Code field. Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to the school. Click the Create Account button. You will receive an email from FACTS SIS Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password. For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours. Please click on the link. A Change/Create Password screen will open. You may use the default username provided, or create a new username. Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field. Click on the Save Username and/or Password button. Close the window. Log into Family Portal as instructed above. What Do You Need to Apply? You will need your child/ren's basic information along with vaccination records (which can be requested from their doctor and faxed right to the school at 507-433-5693), most recent copies of your family's 1040 tax forms. A registration fee is also due with your registration to guarantee a spot for your child. You can view more about our registration fees, tuition costs, and flexible payment plans on our Tuition Page. I Don't Have a Computer, How Can I Apply? Call our main office at 507-437-3278 to schedule an appointment with the Enrollment Director.  How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start School? Preschool: Tiny Shamrocks must be 33 months old and toilet trained ( No pullups). K-Prep must be 4. Montessori must be 33 months old and toilet trained (No pullups).

2024 Registration

Open House Registration: February 22nd

300 16th Street NE

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Completing this application does not guarantee your enrollment. After completing and submitting your online enrollment application, someone will be in touch with you.

Wee Learning Center

2024 Registration

Registration opens to the public March 6th:


Visit: www.solc/wlc and  click “preschool registration” at the top of the page

Other ways to register:

Call 507-433-6463 or pick up a registration form in office

YMCA Preschool

2024  Registration

Registration Opens to the public March  15th


The YMCA preschool program provides an enriching early childhood experience, centering on the emotional, social, physical, self-help, and academic development of a child.

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The YMCA Preschool Program recognize the importance of play for healthy brain development and the joy in learning students experience from our engaging teachers and rich environment. Students receive a session of swimming lessons at no additional cost and get to enjoy the amenities of  the facility including the indoor playground and wood gym as part of their daily routine.

Additional Options

These Preschool options are in surrounding areas to Austin. Some may be within Mower County and some may be outside of the county. Austin Aspires recognizes that some of our community members travel for work and it may be easier to find care closer to that location. These openings may not be current or up to date but we strive to provide you with the most current information!

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