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Registration for 2019-2020 Four Star Express opened on 1/8/2019 at 9:00AM

2019 Four Star Express Brochure (Printable)
2019 Four Star Express Brochure (Text)

Basswood Cedar Island Fernbrook Rice Lake
Rush Creek (Bee Room) Rush Creek (Owl Room) Weaver Lake Woodland

Jump start your child's enthusiasm for Kindergarten! It's care plus preschool and learning each and every day! Four Star Express is a unique child care and preschool program that jump starts your child's readiness for Kindergarten. The purpose is to provide a cooperative and developmentally appropriate child care/preschool program that supports the care and early learning needs of four year old children in a school setting.

Theme-based Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

  • 40 weeks of theme-based curriculum developed specifically to support your child's success
  • Social-skill building
  • Music and creative arts
  • Physical education
  • Technology, media and computer
  • Literacy skill building utilizing the preschool version of District 279 Reading Curriculum
  • Cooking
  • Science
  • Math utilizing the preschool version of District 279 Math Curriculum
  • Play
  • Access to school lunch
  • Field trips and special events
  • Mentoring by older students
  • Progress conference

Offered in the safe and caring environment of an elementary school

  • The program is available 6:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday.
  • 2018-2019 Program runs Tuesday, September 4, 2019 through Thursday, June 6, 2020 and is open most non-school days.
  • Four Star welcomes all children 4 years of age by September 1st of the attending school year.
  • Four Star Express Basic Information.
  • Information on registering for the Four Star Express program.
  • Located at Basswood Elementary, Cedar Island Elementary, Fernbrook Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, Rush Creek Elementary, Weaver Lake Elementary, and Woodland Elementary.

Registration Details

  • Registration opens at 9 am on 1/8/19 and is limited to 20 students per class section. Rooms are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.Students must be 4-years-old by September 1st of the attending year to be eligible.
  • Registration will close on 8/27/19, and any students registering after that time will not be able to start until 9/9/19.
  • A deposit of $249.00 is required at the time of registration, which will be applied to your final week's bill.
  • Enrollment in elementary school is based on school attendance areas. Participation in Four Star Express does not guarantee enrollment at an elementary that falls outside of your school’s attendance area. Registering in Weaver Lake or other Four Star Express locations does not automatically enroll students in Weaver Lake Elementary or the attending school for the following year.
  • The registration process is complete when we receive your child’s birth certificate and immunization record. We must receive your child’s records no later than one week after registration has been accepted. A district nurse will review your child’s immunization record to ensure it is complete. Send all records and communications to CECares@district279.org


  • Total Yearly Tuition is $9960.00 or 40 Weekly Tuition Payments of $249.00.
  • Weekly payments are due the 1st day of each week.
  • All accounts are required to be set up using autopay with a bank account or credit card payment method.
  • Financial assistance may be available from Hennepin County for families who qualify (612-348-5937)
  • Limited scholarships are available. Email CECares@district279.org for an application.

**Please be aware of all cancellation and billing policies available on your registration Terms and Conditions and in our Family Handbook**

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Kidstop Main Office
Northwest Family Service Center
7051 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Fax: 763-585-7284

Kidstop Administrative Assistant
Mary Aydt 
Ph: 763-585-7281  

Kidstop Administrative Assistant
Dean Dvorak
Ph: 763-585-7287

Billing Specialist
Sue Pumarlo
Ph: 763-585-7285

Kristy Johnson
Ph: 763-585-7280

Program/Staffing Manager
Sonny Hilyar
Ph: 763-585-7375

Program Specialist
Tod Erickson
Ph: 763-585-7282