About Us

What We Do

We celebrate families!

  • Parents and teachers create a caring community to nurture children and families. Parents get acquainted with other families at picnics, holiday parties, and other social events. Those parents who are available are invited to our Parent Group that meets once a month during school hours, with younger siblings welcome.
  • Parents are always welcome at the school. Some parents serve on our elected Parent Boars, others may share their talents in music, dancing, or woodworking, and others may help with classroom celebrations or special events.

We encourage children to learn to solve problems.

  • We help children learn to resolve conflicts peacefully.
  • We create a safe, nurturing environment where children can express their own needs and feelings, and learn to appreciate the needs and feelings of their friends.
  • We help children become more self-reliant.
  • We talk about their ideas and questions, and we all observe nature.

A “Doing Good Together” School

In 2014, SAPCP began a partnership with the organization “Doing Good Together.” The goal of our collaboration is to bring an intentional focus on instilling kindness, empathy and social responsibility in our children as well as to create family centered opportunities for “giving back” throughout the school year. A library of carefully selected books centered on kindness and caring are available for loan. Activities and stories will be woven into the curriculum that encourage reflection on what it means to be compassionate and accepting, and that expand awareness of community and social issues. Four service projects will be offered through the year for families.

Doing Good Together™ (DGT) is a Minneapolis-based national nonprofit that works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family. Our Mission: Empowering families to raise children who care and contribute. Read more at http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/what-we-do/

Our Teachers

Kristen Tran (kristen@sapcp.org) is happy to be at the preschool as a teacher and co-director since 2014. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications and Master of Science in Technical Communication. Working as a kindergarten teacher assistant provided an internship for her teaching position, along with college courses in Early Childhood Education. She relishes how wonderful it is to work with young children in this supportive setting. She brings a gentle nature, excellent communication skills, and a deep appreciation for children and their sense of wonder. Kristen believes that preschool should be a safe place where children are nurtured in mind and spirit, with an emphasis on learning social skills.

Kerrin Flanagan (kerrin@sapcp.org) joined SAPCP in 2016 as a teacher, and became co-director with Kristen this year. Kerrin holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in New York, Boston, and Vermont. Throughout her teaching, Kerrin has continued to believe that play is children’s work. Kerrin encourages children to grow and learn socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically through child-directed exploration of the world around them, solving problems with others, and using their imaginations. She is thrilled to return to work with the youngest learners as she continues her teaching career here at the St. Anthony Park Co-op Preschool.

Beth Podtburg has been an assistant teacher at SAPCP since 2012, while her daughter was in preschool, and now is in the classroom 3 days a week. We feel fortunate to have her thoughtful and kind support, as well as her insights and good humor.

Rhona Wilson works as an assistant teacher at our school one day a week, and brings an excellent teaching background and a magical way with children.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes our school a co-op?

Our school is a co-op—an organization jointly owned and operated by its members, who all share in its benefits. Specific duties requested from each family in the co-op include:

  • Participate in school activities.
  • Support all fund-raising efforts as able.
  • Help in a more significant role with at least one fund-raising event.
  • Spend a minimum of 2 days in the classroom during the school year.
  • Contribute snacks 1-2 weeks each year.
  • Help with classroom clean-up 2 times a year.
  • Help sanitize restroom surfaces 3 times a year.

Who runs our school?

St. Anthony Park Co-op Preschool is a parent-owned non-profit cooperative; we are not affiliated with the church from which we rent space. An elected parent board determines policy and tuition. They also hire our two experienced, caring teachers who develop the curriculum and teach.

Who goes to our school?

Enrollment is limited to 23 children. Preference is given to siblings of children currently enrolled and of alumni. SAP Co-op Preschool serves all individuals who are eligible for its programs in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or age. Children must be 3-5 years old and toilet trained. The St. Anthony Park Co-op Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race or religious affiliation.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $175 a month. There is no application fee, but upon admission there is a non-refundable registration fee of $150.

When does our school meet?

School meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, from 9:00-11:40 AM The school year starts the 2nd week in September and finishes the 3rd week of May, with holidays following the St. Paul Public Schools.

Is there any extended day programming in the afternoon?

There is an option for an extended day (to 1:30 PM) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The extended day option (Lunch Buddies) costs $13 per day.

What is the philosophy of our school?

We support all the learning our children are doing, at their own pace and in their own style. We think learning is exciting, whether social, emotional, or academic. We also think the best gift we can give children is to carefully observe them and work with them and their parents to develop the skills they’re trying to master.

What activities do the children do?

Caring professional teachers create a learning environment that is fun. We do not espouse a formal academic program, and instead focus on social skills, personal growth, and exposure to academic concepts. We provide many different activities:

  • Art exploration: painting, drawing, collage, chalk, beads, printing
  • Building and problem solving: blocks, puzzles, matching and sorting games
  • Dramatic play: "house," dress-up, puppets, cars/ trucks
  • Group activities: stories, music, finger-plays, dancing, cooking
  • Large muscle play: climbing, wheel toys, balance beam, dancing, outdoor playground
  • Sensory play: sand, water, play-dough, seeds, clay, woodworking
  • Pre-academic play: counting, observing nature, asking questions, learning letters, numbers, shapes and colors

Is the school religiously affiliated?

Our school rents space from, but is not affiliated with, the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ at 2129 Commonwealth Ave., St. Paul.