Early Childhood Family Education
Click the button below to register for classes online or call 651-702-8411 (651-748-7282 Español).
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are for parents and their children ages birth to 5 years old (before kindergarten). Programs are designed for parents and their infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. Classes help strengthen family relationships and provide information and resources to parents in their journey to help their children grow and develop to their maximum potential. Programs strive to build a strong foundation for families by forming a partnership between home and school.
A typical ECFE class has three components:
ECFE classes are offered at two sites during mornings,
afternoons and evenings. ECFE is a public school program staffed by licensed parent and early
childhood educators. ECFE classes are for all parents and children and we have a
sliding fee scale. No one is denied
participation for inability to pay.
- Parent-Child Time
You and your child spend time together enjoying activities designed to enhance their learning. You will leave with new ideas for things to do together at home.
- Parent Time
Meet with other parents and a licensed parent educator to discuss topics such as development, temperament, discipline and getting ready for school. The parent time takes place in a separate room or in a designated area of the children’s classroom for non-separating classes.
- Children's Classroom
While you and other parents participate in parent time, children learn through play in the classroom with a licensed early childhood teacher and a paraprofessional. Children will enjoy music, art, stories, large and small motor activities as they interact with other children.
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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)
Childhood Special Education services are available to children with special
education needs determined through a comprehensive evaluation.
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).
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.
more information about ECSE call 651-702-8450 or click here.