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Cedar Rapids Community School District 3- and 4-year-old preschool provides a nurturing environment for young students. Preschool lays the foundation for school success and lifetime problem-solving skills for your child.

Each class is led by a teacher licensed through the State of Iowa in Early Childhood Education, and each classroom is assisted by one or more paraprofessionals. Our program meets Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS).

Learn more about preschool transportation eligibility here.

2021-2022 Preschool

CRCSD Preschool is still actively accepting applications for the current 2021-2022 school year. 2021-2022 Preschool programming is offered Monday through Thursday with various session options at various elementary locations. Transportation is responsible of the family of the student. There are no wrap-around services available.

Half-day preschool

8:50-11:50 am or 12:50-3:50 pm

Locations for half-day preschool:

  • Arthur Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • CRA Taylor Elementary
  • Grant Wood Elementary
  • Harrison Elementary
  • Hiawatha Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Kenwood Leadership Academy
  • Viola Gibson Elementary
  • West Willow Elementary
  • Wright Elementary

Full-day preschool 

8:50 AM – 3:50 PM.

Locations for full-day preschool:

  • Arthur Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Kenwood Leadership Academy
  • Wright Elementary

2022-2023 Half-day preschool

Half-day preschool is offered Monday through Thursday with two sessions each day. The morning session is 8:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and the afternoon session is 12:50 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. 

Half-day preschool is offered at the following locations for the 3-year-old Tuition preschool program and 4-year-old Statewide preschool program:

  • Grant Wood Elementary School
  • Hiawatha Elementary School
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Kenwood Leadership Academy
  • Viola Gibson Elementary School
  • West Willow Elementary School

Shared Visions Half-day preschool

Three- and 4-year-olds that live in the neighborhood resident areas of CRA Taylor and/or Grant Wood are eligible for half-day preschool at these locations based on income qualification criteria being met and Proof of Residency verification.

CRA Taylor (3-year-olds program only, this program is now located at Truman Early Childhood Center)
Grant Wood (4-year-olds program only)

2022-2023 Full-day preschool

The full day program is located at Truman Early Childhood Center, this program is tentatively 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Wrap Around services are available Monday through Friday and bussing services are available Monday through Thursday.

View a map of all CRCSD early learning locations here.

Enroll in preschool

Preschool applications for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted starting February 1, 2022. Your student must be 3 or 4 by September 15, 2022, to enroll in preschool for the 2022-23 school year. The first day of preschool will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

3-Year-Old preschool 

The 3-year-old program is a parent-paid program at non Shared Visions locations, the cost of tuition is $300 per month. CRCSD Preschool offers additional openings for those who qualify based on income through Shared Visions Funding. These openings are limited and are available at Truman ECC (previously located at CRA Taylor).

Families may apply for financial assistance through the registration process.

Contact us

If you would like to speak with someone about preschool, please call 319-558-2549 or email


Key contacts

Eric Christenson

Executive Director of Elementary Education

Dawn Embretson

Director of Special Education