Education Programs

"Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart, Apple Lane's the Place to Start."

Infant Program Plan

The infant program provides child care services to 10 infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months,  with a staff ratio of 1:4. The teachers implement the Program for Infant and Toddler Care for their daily curriculum and activities. 


The toddler program provides child care and education to children ages 16 months to 33 months, with a staff ratio of 1:7. The three toddler classrooms implement daily activities that focus on creative growth and developement and follow the learning objectives in the Creative Curriculum for Toddlers.


The preschool program serves children ages 33 months to kindergarten, with a staff ratio of 1:10. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is the researched base curriculums the teachers use to plan daily activities.

School Age

The school age program engages children kindergarten to age 12, with a staff ratio of 1:15. Before and after school, non-school day and summer educational programming is offered throughout the year. Teachers are working with the children in homework and through curriculum enriched activities for continued learning opportunities.  Curriculums include; Food, Fun and Nutrition, Partners in Ecology, Our Great Democracy, Safety and Life Skills.

Montessori Style Preschool Program

Apple Lane has a Montessori Style preschool program on-site.  This educational opportunity teaches children ages 3 to age 6.  We offer a two day a week program for 3 year old children and a three/four day program, both morning and afternoon for  children ages 4-6.

The Montessori program is a 2 1/2 hour session that has built in Montessori style activities. Children experience both independence and social skills by engaging through play and work centers. This program provides an environment where children are allowed to choose their work  and concentrate  for as long as needed for the task.  This gives each child an oppertunity to build skills at a pace they need to be successful.

 Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 5:45am - 6:00pm

 Phone: 507-433-0070
Fax: 507-433-7312

Riverland Community College West Campus
1900 8th Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912

Apple Lane was established in 1986.

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United Way of Mower County  
        In Partnership with Apple Lane