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Note from the President

Hello North Dakota K-Team!

I am excited to serve as the new NDKA President. My name is Elizabeth Kuelbs and I teach kindergarten at Prairie Rose Elementary in Dickinson. I have taught kindergarten since 2011 and have been on the NDKA Board for 4 years. In the summer months, give me a pool and a good book to keep me content. 

A big "Thank-You" goes out to the Casselton K-Team for hosting the first ever 2023 Summer Conference. We had a full day of presentations from Matt Halpern on Interactive Writing. 

2024 Fall Conference....

Preliminary plans have started for the 2024 Fall Conference. The Mandan K-Team will be hosting so stay tuned for more details this spring.

Every year we look forward to coming together to share ideas and hear amazing keynote speakers at the North Dakota Kindergarten Conference.  This coming year will be no exception as we work with Holly Ehle (ee-lee) in the Science of Reading. 

Please continue to check our website and Facebook page as we update them with information about the 2024 Fall Conference. We look forward to seeing you in Mandan, North Dakota for our 2024 Fall Conference.

Elizabeth Kuelbs

NDKA President

NDKA Newsletters

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Registration & Conference Info


NDKA Conference Rotation         2020  - Virtual

     2021   -  Virtual

     2022  -  Minot

     2023  -  Casselton

     2024  -  Mandan

     2025  -  Bismarck

     2026  -  Jamestown

     2027   -  Fargo

     2028  -  Grand Forks

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NDKA Constitution


Heather & Amy were finalists for 2016 ND Teacher of the Year!


Two kindergarten teachers from the North Dakota Kindergarten Association Executive Board were state finalists for North Dakota Teacher of the Year.


Heather Tomlin-Rohr, Secretary from Jamestown and Amy Neal, Treasurer from Minot were recognized as finalists. Other finalists were Matt Myrold of Fargo and Heath Rydell of West Fargo.


Heather and Amy had no idea that they would run into each other until they met at a luncheon during the interview process in August of 2015. They have known each other for several years through their affiliation with NDKA. Having two kindergarten teachers represented among the 4 Finalists just goes to show that KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!


On September 23rd, 2015,  Amy Neal was the recipient of the 2016 North Dakota TOY recognition during a ceremony at Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Minot. Governor Jack Dalrymple and Superintendent Kirsten Baesler were in attendance to recognize all finalists for their outstanding service to children in North Dakota.

Pre-K Makes Some Headway in North Dakota

by: Shelly Murphy

NDKA Vice President


During the 2013 North Dakota 63rd Legislative Assembly, two pre-school bills, Senate Bill 2229 and House Bill 1429, were introduced to legislators to provide funding for pre-k programs in North Dakota schools.


Initially the two bills were identical, but in the end one bill would allow for local funding if a school district should choose to provide pre-k within their own district. The second bill allowed funding for a study to assess pre-k needs in ND.


This pre-K study is currently being undertaken by the DPI and a committee of ND stakeholders with the help of Coloradan consultants. This study is due by the end of May and will be presented to the legislature in June.


NDKA is able to have a representative, Deb Ahmann from Bismarck Public Schools, to serve on the committee.

The downloadable PDF document is a copy of our organization's constitution.

Please feel free to download and review it.


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NDKA Regional Map

This map indicates the four regions of our state where we have representatives for our executive board.



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Early Childhood Care & Education Committee

by: Deb Ahmann

NDKA State Rep


The Early Childhood Committee will meet numerous times this year under the direction of Dr. Carrie Germeroth, University of Denver, MCREL.


The purpose of this committee is to report Pre-K needs to Kirsten Baesler, DPI Superintendent, with information in the following areas:

  *define the meaning of quality early childhood education.

  *track trends and monitor implementations & assessments currently utilized across all state-wide early childhood agencies.

  *identify and collect fiscal data for private and public child care providers.

  *coordinate focus groups with public and private care providers throughout the state after receiving information from the data collected from surveys and other means.


The committee members are from a variety of early childhood advocacy groups from across North Dakota and Deb Ahman gets to represent NDKA on the committee.

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