- The Preschool program for three and four year olds was funded by the national Head Start program in 1965 because of its provocative approach to change images through art, images, dreams and metaphors. The daily curriculum, still being taught in 2020, bombards the preschoolers with strong positive images of personal integrity, freedom and creativity through rituals and songs. Karen Bueno documented the preschool songs in Children Singing the New Millennium. The Fifth City Preschool was recognized in 1969 as one of the ten best preschools in the nation.
- The Kinder School provided five year olds attending a half day of public school a curriculum for the other half of the day. Marjorie Branch, the principal at Leif Erickson Elementary, told the preschool teachers that the Kinder Schoolers were always ahead of the other children who did not have preschool education. She said the 5th City preschoolers had a a strong personal identity, an appreciation for learning and working with others, a sense of delight and wonder, and the ability to communicate with confidence.
Fifty years later the 5th City Preschool is still serving families in the community.