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Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
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Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education

Distance Learning to start the school year (Fall 2020)


ECFE is Open for Families! 


What to Expect in ECFE

  • All classes will be held via Distance Learning, 
  • There will be no fees for Distance Learning  
  • Every child signed up to participate will receive a free Learning Kit which will include materials appropriate to each child’s age birth to 5.  
  • Each kit includes a book and toys that teachers will refer to during distance learning. 
  • Tablets and internet hotspots can be provided if requested by the family. 
  • If MPS transitions to a hybrid or fully on-site model, ECFE will transition as well. 
  •  When we return to in person education we will reinstate our sliding fee scale.  


What to Expect in the Early Childhood Part of ECFE

  • Teachers will hold a live weekly Circle Time with songs, read-alouds, and the introduction of learning activities. 
  • Teachers will post weekly learning activities for parents and caregivers to do at home with their children. 
  • Teachers will be available during the week for one on one check-ins with parents and children. 


What to Expect in the Parent Education Part of ECFE

  • Teachers will hold weekly Parent Education discussions at designated times. 
  • Teachers will be available during the week for one on one check-ins with parents. 


What to Expect in a Home Visit

  • Will be conducted via a telephone, Google Meet, or socially-distanced, outside visit - weather permitting.  


Ready to Try Something New? 

Check out these great Distance Learning opportunities:

  • Antiracist Parenting 
  • Family Yoga 
  • Talking About Race with Your Child 
  • Your Spirited Child During Covid19 
  • Exploring Nature & Curiosity Play 
  • STEM Play  
  • Playground Play Learn & Grows 

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

ECFE is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to Kindergarten. 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.

Download our ECFE handout in English, Hmong, Somali or Spanish.

Check out the Winter/Spring 2021 catalog here!


Online registration for Winter/Spring 2021 is now open!

Important dates:

  • Classes run: Febraury 1-June 11th

Call 612.668.2126 if you need help with transportation. 

Sign up now for Winter/Spring 2021 Classes: REGISTER HERE!

Alphabet Soup

Registration is now open for 2020/2021 classes in Alphabet Soup!

Sign up now for Alphabet Soup Classes: REGISTER HERE!

See the flyer here and sliding fee scale here for classes.


Play and Learn Opportunities

Get the benefit of an ECFE class without the commitment! Click here to find the links to drop in to any of our Play and Learn classes! Click here to get the details for our Play and Learn storytime with Hennepin County Library!

Parent Networks

Invite 8-12 of your friends to your Google Meet 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 with materials and facilitate a discussion. Call 612.668.2134 to schedule a consultation.

Personal Phone Consultation

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 612.668.2134 to schedule your consultation.

Home Visits

Do you have questions about parenting, your child’s development or how to help your child be ready for kindergarten? We will have an Early Childhood Education professional set up a time for you and your child to get support together. For more information, call 612.668.2134 or see the Home Visits web page.