Riverside Christian School


The RCS Preschool Program has received the

Top Parent Aware Rating from

Minnesota Department of Human Services

since 2017

Christ-Centered Hands on Experience

Sessions Offered*:

  • 3-4 yr old class T/TH from 8:30-11:20am
  • 4-5 yr old class M/W/F from 8:30-11:20am or 12:10-3:00pm

*Preschool placement is determined by a student’s age on Aug. 1 of the current school year



As with all of our classes at Riverside, the students begin each day in God’s Word.  Utilizing the Abeka preschool curriculum, students begin to see God’s glory in their lives and how to apply what they learn from scripture into their every day life. They also begin to practice saying verses and prayers during this time to solidify their learning. 


The Stimulates Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (S.M.A.R.T.) program consists of fun physical activities to assist in developing and enhancing:

  •      – large & fine motor skills
  •      – balance & coordination
  •      – visual efficiency
  •      – attention

The program helps strengthen physiological and neurological brain development to ready preschoolers for kindergarten.


Our preschool reading program builds a foundation and love of learning for literacy. Throughout the year, students practice phonics utilizing the multi-sensory language arts program, Zoo Phonics. This program uses auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning to make reading fun and engaging for students.  


Students will also be introduced to rhyming, retelling of stories, making predictions, sequencing events, classifying, visual discrimination, describing objects, drawing and dictating their own stories. These concepts will develop the necessary reading skills to prepare them for kindergarten.


Teacher directed activities that  teach: 

Fine motor skills & handwriting

Students build skills while they play with jumbo tweezers, clothes pins, lacing cards, craft materials, beads, and writing materials.

Three- and four-year-olds begin with an introduction to handwriting by tracing their names, focusing on correct grip position for writing utensils.

Four- and five-year-olds practice writing their letters, numbers, and shapes first in sensory materials, such as sand, then on paper and chalk boards.

kids love

Our Staff

Rivereside Christian Preschool

getting to the heart of children, in the name of god.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matt. 19:14


Riverside Christian School loves that that Lord has equipped us to offer a preschool program. Our teachers love what they do and love the opportunity to share the word of God with your children. 


We would love the privilege of providing a Christ-centered environment for your child to learn and grow in the Lord and in their general knowledge. 

preschool director

Dedicated, loving, preschool staff

Our Professionals

Crystal Voeller

Preschool Director and Kindergarten Teacher

Laura Vaughn

 4/5 year old Preschool Teacher

Betty Penman

3/4 year old AM Preschool Teacher

Enrich your child's life today.


610 2nd Ave NE East Grand Forks, Minnesota 56721





Crystal Voeller

Preschool Director

God has blessed me with over 14 great years of teaching at RCS. Before coming to RCS, I attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD for an elementary and special education degree with minors in early childhood and reading.

My husband, Donovan, and I have four children who attend RCS. We enjoy camping, biking, walking, and traveling to see extended family in Rugby, ND and Sioux Falls, SD.

Laura Vaughn

Preschool 4 Teacher

I am a new teacher at RCS this year. My husband Travis & I have 4 kids ages 4-10 and I have stayed home with them for the last ten years. Before that, I was a Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools. I am excited to be back working with kids! Thank you for trusting me with your precious children.

Betty Penman

Preschool 4 AM Teacher

I have been at Riverside since 2002 and I am looking forward to another great year of exploring, learning, and fun!  I have two degrees from UND, one in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and another in German. For over 26 years, I have been involved in teaching which includes Christian Education, Homeschool, and local church ministries.

My husband and I have 3 wonderful children, 2 granddaughters, and a grandson. I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, reading, and listening to music.

Cindy Waind


Cindy Waind has served has the principal of Riverside Christian School for the past 5 years.  She leads our team with 15 years of prior teaching experience as a 1st grade teacher.  Her love of Jesus shines through as an effective and admired leader by the faculty and staff of the school.  

Her daily morning routine is to walk the halls of Riverside to pray for each and every student and teacher.  

The school is blessed to have a caring, compassionate, and faithful principal like Cindy Waind.