Wonders of Childhood, (pictured) a nonprofit child development center for children ages 6 weeks to the start of kindergarten, is scheduled to open in June at 433 S. Cleveland Ave. Enrollment applications are now being accepted. Inspired by the life work of Magda Gerber, the program prioritizes independence, problem solving, critical thinking, gross and fine motor skills, socialization and developing strong attachments to others. Executive director Becca Swiler has devoted her career to early education, including 22 years as director of the Child Development Center at the University of Saint Thomas.

The SPPS Online School is being launched this fall by the Saint Paul Public Schools. The fully online high school will have its own principal and staff and serve up to 450 students in grades 9-12. Students will receive synchronous and asynchronous instruction in core subjects and electives that address the same state standards as the district’s other high schools. Students will connect to their teacher’s classroom using Schoology, and their courses will be modified for online learning. Enrollment is open to current district students and students in neighboring districts. To enroll, visit apply.spps.org/onlineapplication call the Student Placement Office at 651-632-3700.

TommieMedia at the University of Saint Thomas won four top honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 6, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Winners will advance to the national competition. TommieMedia also won three awards of merit in the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association’s Eric Sevareid Awards contest spanning six midwestern states. Learn more at Tommiemedia.com.

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