Preschool at the Park

preschoolers dressed in rain coats and boots jumping on a wood platform

UMD Preschool at the Park, located at our beautiful Chester Park site on the UMD campus, is committed to providing high quality and play based early childhood care to young children. Preschool at the Park is a preschool program serving children ages 3 to 5 years old. The program operates Monday through Friday from the first day of UMD fall semester classes through the end of May term. Full and part time enrollment options are available.

For more information, please contact our office at 218-726-7547


UMD Preschool at the Park is designed to be a model program that continually evolves to meet the shifting intellectual/emotional needs of parents and their children. Its goal is to provide quality, innovative preschool experiences that are play-based, student-centered, and keyed to the environmental and cultural needs of the Twin Ports area.


  • Provide quality, innovative educational experiences in a nurturing, human-centric environment for children and their families.
  • Provide innovative, educational experiences for UMD students, offering alternative pedagogical theories and practices to encourage critically reflective learners and practitioners.
  • Contribute to the UMD mission of outreach and public service by providing an inclusive program to serve the greater Duluth area in addition to the UMD community.


Preschool at the Park strives to honor, support, and celebrate the diversity of its children, families, and staff. Diversity is interpreted in the broadest sense and includes race, language, faith background, family structure, sexual orientation, physical ability, and economic status.  We welcome families to share their traditions and rituals with us throughout the year. It is these elements of community that make celebrations more real to young children and enhance the development of appreciation for diversity.