Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
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Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to 48 months. ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all families to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth. This is an opportunity all families can benefit from!  

Please review the range of ECFE classes, programs and services below. See our frequently asked questions.


Voter Referendum

On Nov. 6, 2018, Minneapolis voters will be asked two questions regarding funding for Minneapolis Public Schools:

Question 1. Increase the Current Operating Referendum Levy: The operating levy would increase our General Fund, which funds for all types of school operations – such as staff salaries and benefits, textbooks, office supplies, and services for English Language Learners. Under Minnesota Law, Minneapolis Public Schools can ask voters for up to a certain amount per student. This question proposes to increase the levy to its maximum allowable amount, meaning Minneapolis Public Schools can't ask voters for future increases unless that maximum is changed by law.

Question 2. Establish a Capital Projects (Technology) Levy: The tech levy would raise revenue for the regular maintenance and upgrades of Minneapolis Public Schools' technology systems. By shifting these existing costs to a new revenue source, MPS can make freed up funds available for general operating expenses. No new technology is proposed.

If passed, the referendum would give Minneapolis Public Schools access to $30 million in additional revenue.  Both questions approved by voters would result in a tax increase of approximately $11/month on a median valued home in Minneapolis. Learn more about the referendum.

Registration for ECFE Fall/Winter 2018-19 Programming

Registration for Fall/ Winter 2018-19 classes will remain open until all classes are full. See the ECFE catalogue of classes and other services.

 Classes began the week of August 29, 2018.

Call 612.668.2126 if you need help with transportation.

See the sliding fee scale for classes.


  • Online and mail-in application due: December 21-January 8
  • Lottery runs: January 10, 2019
  • Classes run: January 28-June 11, 2019

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup is a preschool for three-year-olds. It is a collaborative program of Early Childhood Family Education and Early Childhood Special Education that is taught by licensed teachers who use a curriculum based on Minnesota State Standards. Children must be three years old by September 1.

Tuition is based on the ECFE sliding fee scale. Location: Webster School, 425 - 5th Street NE, Mpls., MN. 55413. Register online for Alphabet Soup.

Parent Networks (New!)

Invite 8-12 of your friends to your home for a two-hour personalized parent education session. Together with an Early Childhood professional, you will choose a date, time and topic for your group. The educator will arrive at your home with materials and facilitate a discussion. The fee is $10 per participant. Call 612.668.2144 to schedule a consultation.

Personal Phone Consultation (New!)

Have a question about parenting? Wonder what normal development looks like? Need a new strategy for handling difficult behavior?  We offer 30-minute phone consultations with an Early Childhood professional. Call 612.668.2144 to schedule your consultation.

Drop in Play and Learn!

Come enjoy our Early Childhood classrooms without the commitment of an ongoing class! We are opening up some of our rooms for drop-in play with a Parent Educator on hand to answer any questions about parenting or child development. $5 suggested donation per visit. Click here for Fall/ Winter Play and Learn opportunities. 

Home Visits

Do you have questions about parenting, your child’s development or how to help your child be ready for kindergarten? We will send an Early Childhood professional to answer questions and share activities for you and your child to do together. For more information, call 612.668.2134.

Online Parenting Topics

Our online parenting information allows you to access research-based parenting information on a variety of topics at your convenience. Read the resources we've gathered for you to build your understanding and skills regarding setting limits, toilet learning, empathy, brain development and more. For one flat fee, you can access the materials for the entire school year. See page 4 of the  ECFE catalog for current opportunities.   Register online.