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Little Lion’s Preschool Registration Information



Online Registration Link for 2022-2023 
(Click the link above to begin registration. Registration begins February 7, 2022.)

Registration is held online at the link above. If you do not have access to a computer, computers are available at the LRC building located at 2999 North 10th Street Marion, IA.

Student must be 4 years old on or before September 15th, 2022 to enroll in Little Lions preschool. 


Linn-Mar’s preschool enrollment process is changing from first come first serve (timestamp) to a lottery based system to be more equitable for all families.

The past several years, Linn-Mar preschool was full within the first 10 minutes of registration. Switching to a lottery based system makes the process more accessible for all families in our community. All efforts will be made to enroll students who complete preschool registration, however, this may not be possible given the volume of interest in our preschool. Priority enrollment will be given to families that live in the Linn-Mar School District and have submitted all required documents.

The lottery is a computer generated, randomized selection process to accept students who apply to preschool and have turned in all the required documents. Families will be notified of lottery results via email beginning March 1st, 2022 and will have 48 hours to confirm and accept their child’s placement. If enrollment is declined, or confirmation is not received, students on the waitlist will be notified of an opening.

Required Documents

In order to be entered into the First Lottery, the online application AND the required documents below must be submitted by prior to being offered a spot.  Families will be notified of their enrollment status beginning March 1st, 2022. If it is past this date and you are still interested, please submit all materials. If a spot opens up, your child will be considered for a spot. 

  • Online Registration (google survey link)
  • Proof of birthdate (birth certificate, passport, signed immunization record by physician)
  • Student Information Enrollment Form
  • Home Language and Race/Ethnicity Survey
    • Proof of Residency– The Linn-Mar School District requires two proofs of residency for all students. This is required even if you already have students in the district.
  • MEP form – The Migrant Education Program provides resources and support to eligible migrant children and youth in need. This must be filled out by all families.

To submit your registration materials, you can either mail, email or drop them off to Michaela O’Connell at the LRC office. If you choose to email, please attach all required documents in one email in a PDF format.

Name: Michaela O’Connell (Director of Early Childhood)
phone: (319) 730-3627
Mailing address:
Learning Resource Center
Attn: Michaela O’Connell
2999 N 10th Street – Room 204
Marion, IA 52302

Preschool Times and Locations

Little Lions Preschool is offered in morning or afternoon sessions at 4 of our 7 elementary buildings. During the online registration process, you will be asked to provide your top two preferences. This information helps us determine class placement, but is not a guarantee.

Morning Session: 8:30am-11:15am
Afternoon Session: 12:15pm-3:00pm

Bowman Woods: 151 Boyson Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Echo Hill: 400 Echo Hill Rd, Marion, IA, 52302
Linn Grove: 2301 50th Street, Marion IA 52302
Wilkins: 2127 27th Street, Marion, IA 52302

Community Daycare and Preschool Options

Linn-Mar partners with two community based preschool programs, who follow the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards: Hand in Hand Preschool and Collins Aerospace Day Academy.

If you would prefer to have your child attend one of the community preschool locations or have additional questions about wrap around daycare options, please contact them directly.

Hand in Hand
Phone: (319) 377-5686