Community Education

SchoolDistrict 622

Early Childhood and Family Programs
 Welcome to Early Childhood & Family Programs!
ISD 622 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Early Childhood And Family Programs
serve children from birth to 5 years and their families


Programs and Services in ISD 622 
A variety of programs and services to assist families in promoting healthy growth and development and early childhood education are available to children and families.

Early Childhood and Family Programs focus on both parents and children and recognize that a parent is a child's first and most important teacher. We provide early education preparing children for school and life-long success. We also work to strengthen families through quality education and support in parenting and parent-child relationships.

Early Learning = a foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond! 

Early Childhood Family Education
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes offer parents the opportunity to discuss being a parent with other parents and a parent educator.  You will participate in engaging activities with your child. Your child will develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. ECFE classes are offered at two sites during mornings, afternoons and evenings. In collaboration with Maplewood Nature Center a monthly nature themed class is offered.  ECFE is a public school program staffed by licensed parent and early childhood educators. ECFE classes are for all parents and children offering a sliding fee scale.  No one is denied participation for inability to pay.
Click here  to register for classes or call 651-748-7280 (651-748-7282 Español).
NEW!  New Name, Same Great Quality! Stepping Stones and School-based PreK program are now District 622 Preschool. 

ISD 622 Preschool is committed to the social and academic success of your child. Children thrive in a safe and nurturing environment through respect and consistent rituals and routines. Each child has unique strengths that are built on each and every day.  All children are welcomed and celebrated for who they are. Learning is a social process involving play, exploration, and interaction.  Your child will learn skills needed for school such as sharing, listening, and cooperation, and develop confidence to succeed in school.  Through hands-on experiences your child develop academic skills in literacy, math, science and understanding the world around us.

Click here for more details or call  651-748-7280.  

Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is for children ages 3-5.  All children must complete a FREE early childhood screening.  Your child will complete developmental activities with a trained screener and his/her height, weight, vision, and hearing will be checked. You will review your child’s developmental and medical history with a nurse.  You may learn of useful community resources for you and your child. This FREE service provides an early look at your child’s development and is good for you and your child! 

Recommended for children at age three, you can schedule your appointment by calling 651-702-8468 (651-702-8460 Espanol).

Special Needs
Early Childhood and Family Programs classes are inclusive of all children and families.  Our program staff have strong collaborations with Early Childhood Special Education and work together as a team, including parents, to best meet the learning and developmental needs of all children in our classes.  To connect with services for children with special needs, see the following resources.
Help Me Grow
A child’s early years bring wonder and excitement for families!  Children grow and change rapidly from birth to kindergarten entrance and are learning every day. Some babies and young children need extra help to learn and grow.  You may have concerns about your child’s vision, hearing, moving, talking, play, learning, behaving, or your child has a medical diagnosis that affects development.  If you have concerns about a child ages birth to kindergarten entrance, you can make a referral to Help Me Grow for help.  You will be connected with a developmental specialist who will explore your concerns about your child with you and discuss screening and evaluation for consideration of further services.

Contact Help Me Grow 622 or call 651-702-8480.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Early Childhood Special Education services are available to children with special education needs determined through a comprehensive evaluation.

There are two programs that children may be eligible for depending on their age. These services are made available through a federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, often referred to as IDEA.

Part C of IDEA is the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers (children ages birth-two). In ISD 622 this program is called ISD 622 Birth to 3: Early Intervention Services.

Part B of IDEA is the Preschool Special Education Program and Services (children ages 3-5).

These two programs have different eligibility criteria,  locations, and services available to your child and family. The services are determined through the evaluation and planning process.  Parents are partners in the decision-making as evaluation and program planning are completed.

For more information about ECSE call 651-702-8450.