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Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
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About Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Email update sent to ECFE families, May 5, 2020:

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We are disappointed to share that we will no longer be able to offer in-person Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and activities this summer.
This was a difficult decision to make. In order for us to provide the safest activities and classes possible, we are following state health guidelines and direction from the Minnesota departments of education (MDE) and health (MDH), and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, which outline social distancing and highly predictable class settings.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers high-quality programs designed to:

  • Strengthen parenting skills. 
  • Discover activities to help children learn. 
  • See your child thrive and make new friends.

Age-specific classes - offered to help families learn about challenges and opportunities that come with parenting children at each age and stage, while children can interact with peers that have similar developmental skills. Each class includes parent/child time, learning activities for children and parent discussion. The age of the child attending the class must fall within the guidelines during the first week that the class is held. 

Mixed-age classes - designed for families with one or more children, ranging in age from birth up to kindergarten. Families with one or more children are welcome. Each class includes a parent/child time, learning activities for children and parent discussion.

Just For Parents classes - Parents face tremendous challenges and dilemmas while raising children. Parent education classes are designed to meet the needs of today’s families. Classes provide a shared learning experience for moms, dads, and those who work with children.

Playtime sessions - children ages birth to kindergarten to learn and grow through playtime in early childhood classrooms and gymnasiums. Parents remain with the children during playtime. Each week, new toys, songs, and activities are planned to inspire the senses. View the current playtime schedules online at