Elisabeth NelsonIt is incredible how naturally curious and mesmerized by learning our young children are. They bring in the caterpillar from the back yard, ask for containers to fill and dump, and sort their cereal into piles and eat only the marshmallows. It is sad that we all too often see this spark of excitement and joy for learning fade with age.

In our school district, we value the impact that early learning has on setting the stage for success later in life. For this reason, we work together as a district and with our community to ensure the families in the Manhattan area have the connections and resources they need to support their early learners.

 Infant/Toddler Services, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and a District Level Preschool program are examples of programs and resources available to families in the Manhattan area. Please check out our links for more detailed information on what each program has to offer. We look forward to working with you and supporting you in the learning of your young child!


Elisabeth Nelson

USD 383 Director of Early Learning Programs