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Thank you for your interest in our program.  We have a great all-day program filled with many educational and fun activities for children 33 months -5 years old.  We have over 2000 sq feet of indoor space and over 2000 sq feet of outdoor space available for the children to learn, explore and discover through language, art, music, science, gardening and cooking activities.  This is an educationally based environment for your child. 

Please contact us via e-mail at: 

*The 2014-2015 program is full.  The waiting list is kept only for each school year and our waiting list is now full.  We will be taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year on February 2nd.  There will be a public open house on Saturday, January 17th from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m..  

We will be accepting applications for our 2015 SUMMER CAMPS beginning on February 2nd.  Children can attend one camp or several camps.

SESSION 1 LET'S GARDEN! May 26th-June 5th (No camp on May 26th)
SESSION 2 LET'S GET BUGGY! June 8th-June 19th
SESSION 3 LET'S GO CAMPING! June 22nd-July 2nd (No camp July 3rd)
SESSION 4   SPLISH, SPLASH July 6th-July 17th
SESSION 5 FUN AND FITNESS July 20th-July 31st
SESSION 6  DOWN ON THE FARM August 3rd-August 14th
SESSION 7 SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS August 17th-August 21st (1 week only)

The two owners are also the head teachers for the center.  Laurie Erickson has a Master’s degree in Family Education and has a current Parenting License from the University of Minnesota.  Laurie has over 20 years experience as a director and head teacher.  Co-owner Nancy Shellum has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Foreign Studies from the University of Minnesota.  Nancy has over 10 years experience as a preschool teacher and also has taught many community programs for St. Paul Public schools. 

We offer a FULL DAY PROGRAM from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Choices for days are either 3, 4, or 5 for the FULL DAY PROGRAM.   

If you have questions about our program please contact the center at:

PHONE:  651-646-0310         FAX:  651-756-1185

We look forward to caring for your child!!


 Nancy Shellum and Laurie Erickson


Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center offers a professionally designed, thematic curriculum; complete with lesson plans, assessments, progress reports, and newsletters for parents to use as a guide.

Children learn through hands on play and structured activities in our well organized learning centers. Our classroom is organized into "learning environments." These are the places within our classroom where the children can find the toys and materials related by theme, interest, and skills. These activities and toys can be used independently by the children, or with teacher direction, to reinforce and enrich skills and concepts they need. Learning environments are an excellent way to individualize the curriculum to meet the varying needs of young children.

Nurturing & Stimulating Environment!
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Co-owners Nancy Shellum and Laurie Erickson have been teaching for over twenty years. Nancy has a degree in Spanish Language and Foreign Studies and Laurie has a Master's degree in Family Education and is certified as a Parent Educator.
We believe that all children deserve love, attention, and nurturing. We feel that a safe environment allows children to explore and grow. At Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center, we allow children to have hands-on learning experiences. This fosters age appropriate development. We read to the children every day. We believe that positive reinforcement is important for children to develop self-esteem. Children need an environment that supports free expression and stimulates learning. Most importantly, however, we believe that children need to have fun and love coming to school!

At Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center, we make sure that every child is involved in stimulating activities everyday. And of course, we make sure they have fun. Children learn best when they are having fun! At Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center we recognize that parents and guardians may have a difficult schedule and we support them the best we can. We offer a flexible schedule.  Parents can chose from either two, three, four or five full days a week. We recognize the importance of work, and the stress and demands placed on parents. We strive to make it easier on parents by giving them the knowledge that their children are in good hands.

All of our teachers pass a background check and the program is licensed through the State of Minnesota.

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