School Readiness- Otter Preschool Registration
Register ONLINE for Fergus Falls ISD 544 Otter Preschool
Otter Preschool ENROLLMENT for the 2021/2022 School Year is ongoing. Call for registration after March 1st.
**Enrollment for the 2022/2023 School Year will begin March 8th, 2022 and ongoing after that.
If you have any issues please call us and we will be happy to help! 218-998-0544 ext. 8900
HOW TO REGISTER
For your convenience, we offer several Otter Preschool Registration options:
Online: Preferred Method- Visit our Online School Web Store by clicking here.
In Person: Stop by the Lincoln School 2300 College Way, Fergus Falls during regular school hours
By mail: Request a paper copy and then mail registration form to: Early Childhood at 601 Randolph Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Make checks payable to Otter Preschool.
Phone: Phone registration is not accepted but call to request a paper application be sent to you 218-998-0544 ext. 8900
Otter Preschool Program Information Letter 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)
Otter Preschool School Supply list 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)
If you have any questions please call anytime 218-998-0544 ext. 8900
Use these online registration procedures to sign up for Otter Preschool for the 2022/2023 School Year.
Step 1: Click on this link that takes you to the online school web store for Otter Preschool
Step 2: On the online school web store navigate to the Otter Preschool Registration section under ‘shop’.
Step 3: Pick the "Otter Preschool Registration 22-23". Choose the age 3yr. or 4/5yr. that your child will be be on Sept. 1st 2022 Click ‘Register for this Class' in the description.
Step 4: At this time you will need to 'Log in' to the system. Note: If you have ever registered or paid on-line for anything within the Fergus Falls school district you will use the same log on. (Example: older siblings lunches, community education classes, ECFE, or preschool tuition) If you have never paid or registered for anything online through the school you will need to create a new log in. You will only have to create a new log in one time ever. So the first time it will take a little longer. *When setting up the log in and account ensure that you add all the people in the household as family members in the household as each child will need to be enrolled individually for classes. (*A log in account can be created anytime during or prior to registration.)
Step 5: After your new account has been created, or you have logged into an existing account you may continue with the online registration. At this point you can add an additional child to a class, or choose to finish the registration. *When registering for Otter Preschool classes the registration must be made using each child's name. Forms- a detailed registration question form will come up for you to complete for each child. This will only have to be done ONCE a school year per child. It will ask for your preferred preschool times. You may choose multiple options in case your 1st option is not available.
Step 6: Finally, go to your shopping cart and checkout. Payment: a $30 non refundable registration fee is charged. Payment can be made online at checkout, or you can choose to pay later and you will be billed.
NOTE: A confirmation letter of enrollment will be sent out by mail to confirm the child's spot and placement - enrollment is not complete until this letter is received. The processing will take approx. 2-3 weeks and will not begin being sent out until May.
Free and Reduced: No child/family will be turned away for inability to pay. If you are requesting FREE or REDUCED fees please choose PAY LATER at checkout. This will allow us to adjust the registration fee balance to the correct total based on eligibility and you will not have to pay at checkout.
Frequently asked questions about ONLINE registration for Otter Preschool
Otter Preschool Program Information Letter 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)
I am in the school web store and I can only see the course descriptions but it won’t let me register.- Online registration does not open until March 8th 2022. Online descriptions will be visible to view on the school web store until it is open to register. Currently enrolled families will have priority followed by the general public starting on March 8th.
Will I need to create an account?- Yes, You will need to log onto the school web store registration system. If you have ever registered or paid on-line for anything within the Fergus Falls school district you will use the same log on. (Example: older siblings lunches, community education classes, ECFE, or preschool tuition) If you have never paid or registered for anything online through the school you will need to create a new log in. You will only have to create a log in one time ever. When setting up the log in and account ensure that you add all the people in the household as family members in the household as each child will need to be enrolled individually for classes. *Setting up an account can be done anytime prior to registering.
What age group do I register my child for?- The school district follows the age the child is on SEPTEMBER 1st. So if your child is 3 on Sept. 1st of the year you are registering for you would register for the 3yr. old class. If your child is 4 on Sept. 1st of the year you are registering for you would register for the 4yr. old class.
My child will be 5 can I still register them for preschool? A 5 year old on Sept. 1st is eligible for Kindergarten. However, there are times when families decide they would like their child to attend one more year of preschool before entering kindergarten. Yes a child who is 5 on Sept. 1st can register for the 4/5yr. old preschool classes.
Do I register myself (the adult) or the child(ren)?- Ensure you register the child(ren) that you are signing up for the class. Not the adult.
A long questionnaire came up do I need to fill it out?- Yes, once per school year you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire/registration form per child. This will only have to be done once and will reduce having to fill out paper copies later. Only questions with a * must be filled in.
How do I choose what day/class times I want for my child? On the questionnaire that comes up you may choose your preferred class times. We do our best to accommodate your choices but classes are filled on a first come first serve bases, and certain class times have filled up in the past. You may choose more than one option if you are open to other times.
When will I find out if I my child has gotten in? After a registration has been submitted and then processed you will receive a confirmation letter by mail that your child has a spot in Otter Preschool . This can take from 2-3 weeks approx. and will not begin being sent until May.
Are your fees per child or per family?- Our registration fee listed for Otter Preschool are PER CHILD. So if you are registering multiple children in a class it will charge you for each child. **Please note for full day classes school lunch is an additional daily charge if used.
What if I can’t pay the registration fee and want to request free or reduced fees?- Please register and choose PAY LATER at checkout. This will allow us to manually adjust the total and get you an amount that fits your family based on eligibility, it will either be waived or you will be billed for the reduced fee. Free and reduced fees and Early Learning Scholarships are also available for the monthly classes based on family eligibility.
Can I request free or reduced fees or early learning scholarship anytime?- Yes, at any time you can request an application for our Early Learning Scholarship or Free and Reduced Fees for preschool. If family situations, jobs, or other factors change, you can request this application throughout the year as well.
I don’t have access to a computer or online device can I still register?- Yes, you can use one of the other registration methods or come to the Early Childhood Center during regular business hours and use a computer here.
Will we be charged tuition if you move to distance learning?- We would communicate with families at that time about it. In 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 all programming has stayed face to face, we were not moved to distance learning. We continue to follow all school health protocols for COVID-19.
What if my child has not had an early childhood screening?- You can still register your child for preschool if they they have not had an Early Childhood Screening. We will schedule a screening with you when spots are available with the screener. These screenings need to be done within 90 days after preschool enrollment and prior to Kindergarten entrance.
Where will you be located for the school year? Our program will be at the NEW Lincoln School (formally the Target building) at 2300 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN for all programming!
How do I make a tuition payment? Starting in September tuition will be charged for preschool students each month. Statements will be emailed. Payments can be made online through the school store, or by check, cash, or credit card in person or over the phone. Click on this link to make an Online Tuition Payment for OTTER PRESCHOOL https://fergusfalls.revtrak.net/ Here are the printed step by step directions for making a payment online. (*Please note this will start in September and will not be ready prior to that for monthly payments. )
CANCELLATION POLICY The $30 registration fee is nonrefundable.
Note about Preschool registration and COVID-19: Because of the changing dynamics of this school year and COVID-19, if at any time you feel your situation has changed or you don't feel comfortable with the current learning model in preschool, you can notify the coordinator to withdraw your child from preschool and will not owe for the following months not attended.
If I need help or have other questions who should I contact?- Please call Molly- secretary at the Lincoln School 218-998-0544 ext. 8900 or Melissa- Program Administrator at 218-998-0544 ext. 8901 during regular business hours.
*Note this is for currently enrolled families only.
For more information
For program and registration information, feel free to stop by or call our office:
Melissa Amundson, Early Childhood Education Administrator
Molly Danielson, Secretary
Physical location: 2300 College Way Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Mail: 601 Randolph Ave Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218-998-0544 Ext. 8900