Our Kroc Preschool Program is designed to engage and inspire your little learner in a wide variety of ways.Learn More
Our Kroc Preschool program introduces your little ones to the world of school and classmates in a safe and loving environment. Enroll in Kroc Preschool and benefit from small class sizes, field trips, innovative curriculum, and daily activities utilizing the Salem Kroc Center Facility. We believe children thrive in a caring environment rich in new learning experiences, play, exploration and celebration.
As your child’s first school experience, Kroc Preschool is sure to have your child excited about school. By incorporating circle times, learning centers, special theme days, and field trips, your child will experience a balance of stable routines and exciting new experiences.
(T/Th or M/W/F)
Kroc Pre-K is specifically aimed at helping your child get ready for Kindergarten. Pre-K expands on your child’s skills through play and exploration during a consistent schedule incorporating circle times, learning centers, individualized math and literacy curriculum, PE, and field-trips. Included in Pre-K are monthly visits to the Kroc swimming pool.
Preschool Promise: Drop off: 8-8:30am; Pick Up: 2:30-3pm(M-F)
The Kroc Center has been awarded 18 Preschool Promise spots for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. “Preschool Promise offers free, high-quality preschool for 3 and 4-year-old children from income-eligible families, in a variety of classroom settings throughout Marion and Polk counties.”
This class will be offered from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. To start the application process, click the button below!
"My family has been so happy with Kroc Preschool that we drive from the opposite side of town to send our son there. Our shy, quiet child has grown and blossomed so much! He is thriving socially, and he has learned more than I could have possibly taught him myself at home. He will absolutely be ready for kindergarten when he’s 5 and I credit the wonderful teachers at the Kroc.”
"We have been involved with Kroc Preschool for 3 years in a row, with 3 of our children. We absolutely love the program and the teachers!”
“Another aspect about the Preschool that we love is the added benefit of being a Kroc Member! It’s easy to drop off and then stay to use the facility’s gym, pool, eat at the café etc. Having a regular preschool/gym schedule has benefited our entire family in many ways. We plan on sending our third child to Kroc Preschool when she’s old enough in a couple of years.”
“Our family has been lucky to have 3 of our 4 children attend preschool at the Kroc. Each of their experiences hit my parenting need for safety and success in the classroom. I also found the teachers and staff to be very kind and caring about my children, and provided excellent communication with me regarding their day, strengths, and needs.”
“I truly tell everyone I know about Kroc Preschool and recommend everyone with preschool age children and below take a tour and meet the teachers. From our initial tour and sign up, to orientation and onwards I was blown away by everyone I encountered as part of the program. Communication and planning are phenomenal; we were given the entire year's schedule at orientation including amazing field trips throughout the year and days off. They use an app to communicate with you regularly about upcoming events and your child’s day. I wish I had started my twins sooner but will forever be grateful the had this experience their last year of preschool.”
How old does my child need to be to attend your program?
Your child must be age 3 (for Preschool) or age 4 (for Pre-K) by September 10th of the year you are wishing to enroll.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
Yes. all children are required to be fully potty trained, meaning they can use the restroom without assistance and wear regular underwear—not any type of pull ups.
When does Preschool start/end for the year?
Preschool is a 9-month program and typically follows a similar schedule as the Salem-Keizer school district with a few exceptions. School starts mid-September and goes through the month of May.
Is your preschool licensed?
Yes, we are licensed with the state of Oregon and are a registered licensed child care center.
What are the qualifications of your staff?
All of our staff have experience working with Preschool children and various experience and education working with other ages. All lead teachers are required to have experience or education specifically in Early Childhood Education. All staff are First Aid/CPR certified, trained in Reporting/Recognizing Child Abuse, and participate in annual continuing education and professional development.
How do I sign up or get on the wait list?
Registration for the upcoming school year normally starts in April after our Open House. Look for info on our website or Kroc facebook page. You can also email Catherine Azevedo to be placed on an interest list. If you want to enroll in the middle of the year or after school already started, call 503.798.4795 or email Catherine Azevedo by clicking the button below.
Do you offer tours of your facility?
Yes! We would love to give you a tour. Please email Tamara Baker by clicking the button below, to schedule a tour.