Open Door Nursery School’s preschool program has been welcoming and engaging children in Northfield, Minnesota since 1966. Our classes for children 3-6 years old are based on a 2-day, 3-day or 5-day schedule and can be combined to meet the needs of busy families.


Our Philosophy
Open Door focuses on the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of each child. We recognize every child as an individual and attempt to foster unique and creative attributes through a variety of play-based learning experiences. Our goal is to build positive self-images and enable each child to shine!

Environmental and Arts Programs
Partnering with St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges
Each season, children at Open Door hike through the prairie and wetlands at St. Olaf College to experience the wonders of nature up close.  St. Olaf Biology students lead our excursions where we listen to, touch, and see first-hand the creatures and plants that make their homes here.  The St. Olaf Students also bring exciting, hands-on activities, highlighting our environment, into our classroom each month.

Our annual field trips to the Carleton Weitz Center for the Arts are a favorite time for Open Door kids. Under the guidance of Carleton Arts Students we dance, move, and experience art like never before.

We are proud to partner with these two great colleges, and to take part in the rich educational opportunities our community has to offer.


Come join us for the 2014-15 school year. Registration is currently being accepted. Scholarships are available.

Limited spaces are also available in our current 2013-2014 classes. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us for the remainder of this school year.
For more information contact our director, Barb Howe at (507) 645-5786.

We are conveniently located at:
500 W Third Street in Northfield (Lower level of St. John’s Church • NE corner)

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