Early Childhood Family Education

You are your child’s first and most important teacher! Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes help you be the best parent you can be. ECFE classes are designed for you and your child age birth to five. ECFE is unique to Minnesota and is a program of Eden Prairie Schools Community Education.
 

It is never too early to start stimulating your baby’s mind in ways that promote healthy development and build on your relationship with your child. Our staff will show you ways to nurture your child’s development physically, emotionally, and mentally. We have an inspiring curriculum that offers opportunities for you to learn with your child. There is also time for parent-only discussions where you will find answers to questions and meet other parents.

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ECFE Courses

Baby Classes - FREE

We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of FREE baby classes through the year. Classes are listed below. Click the links to see the upcoming dates and times for these FREE classes!

Baby Play and Parent Learning

Do you wonder how you can help your baby learn and grow? You will enjoy time interacting with other families, learning from experts, and asking any questions you may have.

Baby Sign Language

You will learn basic signs for meal time, bed/bath time, play time and dressing. 

Baby Shower

You and your new baby, or you and the baby you are expecting, are invited to a Baby Shower! We want to celebrate this special time with you and share the resources available through the ECFE program here in Eden Prairie. We will have information, refreshments, and a special gift for you!

Dinner and Baby Story Time

Enjoy a free dinner and a chance to visit with other Eden Prairie families who have infants. Share a story and play time and leave with a free children's book, along with valuable information about your baby's growth and development.

Breakfast and Baby Story Time

Bring your family to celebrate your new family member with a Breakfast and Baby Story Time. Enjoy a free meal with other Eden Prairie families that also have a new baby and share a story time with songs and helpful information.  Each family will leave with a free children's book to read to your newest family member. 

Infant Massage

Infant massage is a special time for babies and their parents to get to know each other. The loving touch of parents not only comforts and soothes infants; it also plays an important role in their growth and development.

Parent and Baby Yoga

This yoga class is about spending time with your baby and learning some stretching, relaxing and stress reducing moves for you as a parent. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket for your family to practice on.  

 

View our 2019-2020 catalog.

Outreach Classes - FREE

Early Childhood Family Education is a wonderful resource for Eden Prairie families. Finances or transportation should not be a barrier for families interested in learning more about how to best support your child's growth and development. In an effort to make ECFE classes available to all families, we host outreach classes that are taught throughout the community. 

A daily outreach schedule typically looks like this:

  • Parent-child interaction time
  • Instructor-led group activity (such as a song, story, etc.)
  • Storytime with a small snack provided
  • Parent session led by a licensed parent educator while the children are guided through an activity by a licensed early childhood instructor 

 

Current Locations:

  • Briarhill Apartments 
    7025 Woodland Drive
    Eden Prairie, MN 55346
  • Fountain Place Apartments
    8564 Magnolia Trail
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
  • Preserve Barn 
    11221 Anderson Lakes Pkwy.
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344

 

Classes are held throughout the school year. A detailed schedule is available at class. Pre-registration is requested. Additional outreach locations may be added throughout the year. Check our website to learn more!

Register for FREE online at www.edenpr.org/epcommunityed or call 952-975-6940.

Wee Little Wonders

Enjoy this relaxing, informative class for children who are less than 6 months old. This class is designed to be your time to slow down, enjoy your little one, and develop a supportive network with other parents.

Parents and children enjoy songs, puppets, musical instruments and other fun activities in our bright and baby-safe classroom. A knowledgeable parent educator will lead interactive discussions on feeding, sleeping, safety, brain development, balancing your life as a new parent and more. 

Small Wonders

Enjoy this relaxing, informative class designed to be your time to slow down, enjoy your infant, and develop a supportive network with other new parents.
 

  • Babies and parents enjoy songs, puppets, musical instruments, and other fun activities in our bright and baby-safe classroom.
  • An expert parent educator will lead interactive discussions on feeding, sleeping, safety, brain development, balancing your life as a new parent, and more.
  • Babies and parents stay together in the same room. Staff is available to help with your baby's needs.
  • Join anytime! New classes are added as needed.

Contact:

Kathy Matthews (kathy_matthews@edenpr.k12.mn.us, 952-975-6756)

Website

Tiny Explorers

Toddlers grow, change, and try new things at a rapid pace. Join this class where eager students turn a whirl of activity into learning that inspires confidence. You will learn songs, games, stories and activities to extend your child's learning at home. There will be parent discussion time to explore what is behind your toddler's endless energy and enthusiasm. 

Little Learners

Three- and four-year-olds are so excited to explore the bigger world of school and friends! The preschool years are full of discovery, but can be a parenting challenge. Join us for the following:

  • Children will build positive self-esteem and confidence while playing with friends and exploring art, science, math, and reading readiness games.
  • Parents will discuss the joys and concerns of raising a three year old and gain parenting ideas to help your child be successful in preschool.
  • Learn tips on making friends, fostering sharing, emotional development, and what is expected in kindergarten. Many parent discussion topics are selected by the class.

Register online today! 

Ready for preschool now? We have many great options for 3s and 4s in Little Eagles Preschool!

Movers and Shakers

Two year olds use experimentation to help interpret their world. Join a Movers and Shakers class and watch your child explore every learning opportunity with curiosity and passion. 

Children will practice social skills such as taking turns, listening to the teacher, and following in a line while experiencing a fun and loving classroom environment. Parents will meet and discuss topics like healthy eating habits, toilet training and how to set limits with love. Enjoy parent/child time including songs, activities, and games that will help your child thrive in every way. Relax and enjoy the parent support and discussion time while building a network of friends for your child and family. 

Information about specific classes is available online and in our catalog.
 

Feel free to check out the teacher's website here.

Come and Play

Explore, create, and discover fun and friends! Time in the classroom and gym will provide opportunity for socialization and purposeful play. 

WHEN: Dates and Time Vary

WHERE: Education Center Room 313

WHO: Children birth to age 5

COST: $5 per child/$10 per family

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. 
Register by visiting edenprairie.ce.eleyo.com or calling (952) 975-6940

Music and Movement

You and your child will explore the basic building blocks of music through movement and dance, instrument play, and singing! Music and Movement classes are for children ages 6 months - 3 years. Click the register button above to enroll, or contact our office at 952-975-6940 to register by phone.

Preschool Sampler

This class is designed for children to ease into the world of preschool. Children who are 3 by the start of class will “practice” preschool during this drop-off class. Students will strengthen their independence and will be ready to soar as a little eagle into preschool! Preschool Sampler is held at the Lower Campus Preschool Center.   

Register online today!

Looking for additional preschool options? Little Eagles has many great options for 3s, 4s and 5s.  

READY! for Kindergarten

Would you like learning tools and toys to help you get your child ready for kindergarten? READY! for Kindergarten is a nationally recognized program that has been shown to give parents and caregivers the skills and tools to help children enter kindergarten at or above grade level.

This class will include training on reading, writing, and social-emotional skills children need to thrive in school. It is taught by a licensed early childhood parent educator.  

Every family who attends a READY! for Kindergarten session receives a high-quality collection of training and learning tools to further their child's progress towards school readiness.

This is a professional development opportunity for educators and caregivers to earn CEU credits, as well as for parents.

Register online today!

Sibling Care

Sibling Care is offered for children ages birth to 5 years old. Siblings of children enrolled in ECFE classes can enjoy a happy play time of their own! Care is available for babies through 5 year olds for all Early Childhood Family Education classes.

  • Our experienced staff provide a safe, secure environment for babies that includes:
    • Gentle, loving care
    • Quiet napping space available
    • Feeding and diapering per parent request
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  • For older children, staff provide a flexible, fun learning environment which includes a theme based curriculum explored through games, songs, art activities and child-directed play.

ECFE and Sibling Care Pricing: ECFE classes are priced on a sliding fee scale based on your household income (for 2019-2020). Please refer to the chart below to determine the total cost of your ECFE class (and Sibling Care if applicable) based on your income. You will be given the option to register for sibling care at the time of registration for your ECFE class

Yearly Household 
Income
10-Week 
  Class Fee   
Year-long 
Class Fee    
Sib Care 
10-Week 
   Class Fee   
Sib Care 
Year-Long 
  Class Fee  
$100,000 and Above     $133 $399 $63 $189
$75,000-$99,999 $113 $339 $53 $159
$50,000-$74,999 $93 $279 $43 $129
$25,000-$49,999 $73 $219 $33 $99
under $25,000 $33 $99 $13 $39

 

What You Need To Know

ECFE FAQ

What can I expect at a typical ECFE class?

Parent-Child Activity: Time for you and your child to learn and play together, with songs, stories, and developmentally appropriate activities you can do at home. 

Parent Discussion: Spend time with other parents discussing the joys and challenges of parenting while learning effective, research-based parenting strategies. A licensed parent educator will guide the discussion and share information about child development. 

Children's Learning Time: In classes where children and parents separate for the parent discussion, children will stay with licensed early childhood teachers. Children will learn social-emotional skills while playing and learning with other children. 

 

When do ECFE classes start and end? (School Year vs. 10 Week)

School Year-long Classes begin on Sept. 6 and run through May 10. This aligns with the school district calendar for non-school days. Registrations are accepted year round based on availability and fees are pro-rated.

10 Week Sessions are scheduled in three segments though the school year. They align with the school district calendar for non-school days. There are new 10-week classes that start in September, November, and February.

What is the difference between 10-week and school year-long classes? ECFE classes run in two separate schedules to give your family flexibility. The school year-long schedule allows the same group of families to stay together for the full school year. The 10-week schedule allows increased flexibility for your calendar. Both the 10-week and school year-long classes will cover similar topics and lessons.

Can I take more than one 10-week class? Yes, you can sign up for one or all three in a school year. Class content and topics will vary based on class attendees. Please note, some content may repeat.

Where are classes held?

All ECFE classes (except Preschool Sampler) are held at the Education Center at 8040 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie.

What is the difference between a non-separating, gradual separating, and separating class?

In a non-separationg class, parents stay with their children for the entire class. In gradual separating, there is a transition from parent/child time to separate time over the course of the class. Our separating classes include some parent discussion time held in a separate room.

What if I have other children?

Sibling care for babies through age 5 is an option as you register for your ECFE classes.

  • Our experienced staff provide a safe, secure environment for babies that includes: 
    - Gentle, loving care
    - Quiet napping space available
    - Feeding and diapering per parent request
  • For older children, staff provide a flexible, fun learning environment which includes a theme based curriculum explored through games, songs, art activities and child-directed play.

How much does it cost?

ECFE and Sibling Care Pricing: ECFE classes are priced on a sliding fee scale based on your household income (for 2018-2019). Please refer to the chart below to determine the total cost of your ECFE class, and Sibling Care if applicable, based on your income. 

Yearly Household 
Income
10-Week 
   Class Fee   
Year-long 
   Class Fee    

      Sib Care 10-Week 
   Class Fee    

    Sib Care 
       Year-Long 
   Class Fee
$100,000 and Above      $139 $399 $69 $189
$75,000-$99,999 $119 $339 $59 $159
$50,000-$74,999 $99 $279 $49 $129
$25,000-$49,999 $79 $219 $39 $99
under $25,000 $39 $99 $19 $


 

Want to try an ECFE class for FREE?

Welcome babies! Give your baby a strong start. These classes are for newborn through 12 month babies and their significant caregivers; mom, dad, grandparents, etc. Meet new friends and enjoy bonding time with your baby!

  • Baby Play and Learn
  • Baby Sign Language
  • Baby Story Time
  • Parent and Baby Yoga
  • Infant Massage

These baby classes are offered FREE of charge, but pre-registration is requested. A variety of dates and times are offered throughout the year. Learn more and register!

Registration FAQ

ECFE Class Fees
ECFE classes are priced on a sliding fee scale based on your household income. Payment for 10 week classes are made in full at time of registration. For year-long classes, payment is charged in three installments on September 2, 2019, November 18, 2019, and February 17, 2020.

Preschool Class Fee
There is a $75 non-refundable registration fee for school-year preschool classes. There is a $10 processing fee for classroom changes. Payments are billed on the 1st of the month from September to May.

Birth Date Guidelines
For both ECFE and preschool classes, please select your class based on your child’s age by Sept. 1, 2019. This age requirement aligns with district kindergarten age requirements.

Birth Certificate
A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required for any child participating in ECFE or preschool. They can be emailed to ComEd@edenpr.org or dropped off at the Community Education office.

Immunization Law
All students in Minnesota must have immunizations up-to-date and on record with the school before the child starts class. Immunization forms are available online at www.edenpr.org/earlychildhood.

Photos and Video Policy
Class participants in our programs may be photographed and filmed for marketing purposes (e.g., website, social media, catalog and flyers). If you would prefer not to have you or your child photographed or filmed please email comed@edenpr.org after registering.

Cancellation Policy for ECFE
If you need to cancel, please notify us at  952-975-6940 and we will refund your tuition minus a $5 processing fee. No refunds will be given on or after the starting date of class for ECFE.  For year-long ECFE classes, refunds will not be given after class starts, but further installment payments will not be charged.

Cancellation Policy for Preschool
Any changes to the child’s schedule, including withdrawal from the program, must be given 10 business days prior to when the change is needed. If notice is not given, two weeks of tuition will be charged to the account. A $10 processing fee is charged for all cancellations and classroom changes. No refunds are given for emergency or weather closings or for days missed due to illness or vacation. Please note, the ($75) registration fee is non-refundable.

Cancelled Classes
Classes may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment up to one week before classes begin. Full refunds will be issued.

Fee Assistance for Half-Day Preschool
Limited tuition assistance is provide for qualifying families through the School Readiness program. To determine eligibility for assistance, families select factors that apply to their family situation during the registration process.

Fee Assistance for Full-Day Preschool
Fee assistance for full-day preschool is available through your County Child Care Assistance Program. 

Registration Checklist

✓ Complete registration online or in person.

✓ Pay non-refundable registration fee ($75 for Preschool only).

✓ Submit copy of immunization form.                              

✓ Submit copy of birth certificate.

THE EASIEST WAY TO REGISTER IS ONLINE!
We have one convenient place to register for all Community Education programs from early childhood through adult classes! Create an account to register yourself and your family members for a class or activity.  The registration site makes it easy for you to register for a class, make a payment, and manage your account all in one convenient place.

To register, please follow these easy steps:

  • Go to www.edenpr.org and click on “Register” in the menu bar.
  • Click on “Sign In.”
  • If needed, then create an account and fill in your personal information.
  • After this step, you will be able to add family members to your family profile. You are now ready to register online.

**Computers and iPads are available at both the Education Center and Lower Campus for registration.**

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Parent Resources

Do you have questions about tantrums, sibling relationships, bedtime routines, healthy eating, or developmental milestones?
Schedule a confidential one-on-one consultation with an experienced parent educator who will connect with you by phone, email, at home, or at the Education Center. This consultation is free to all Eden Prairie families with children ages birth through 5 years old. Parents of a K-12 child may also request a consultation for a $35 per hour fee.

Call 952-975-6940 or email ComEd@edenpr.org to learn more and schedule your free appointment.

Parent Networks
Invite 6-12 of your friends to your home for an hour-long personalized parent education session. Together with early childhood professionals, you will choose a date, time and topic for your group. Staff will bring materials and facilitate a discussion.

Fee is $100 per session. Call 952-975-6940 to schedule a session.

Community Resources
If your family has a need, reach out to Family Resources! Family Resources connects families with community resources for things such as financial assistance, childcare, school supplies, transportation, and literacy/translation needs.  

Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)

The Early Childhood Advisory Council is a lot like a PTO for early childhood and Little Eagles programming. It is very easy to be a part of our group. There is no membership process and no requirement to attend meetings. In a nutshell, it's a group for parents and guardians to connect and learn more about early childhood while also supporting the programming through fundraisers and grants.

Participants are connected to the Advisory Council in other ways have a channel to make their voice heard, weigh in on Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) and Little Eagles planning and programming, participate in organizing and promoting school fundraisers and help organize and vote in the annual Advisory Council Grant Program for ECFE and Little Eagles teachers. Meeting attendees also hear from educators, District Superintendent, or legislators throughout the year as well. Free childcare is available for all meetings, if reserved in advance. Contact kkeenan@edenpr.org AND lolivas@edenpr.org a week in advance of each meeting to reserve.

Because the Advisory Council is always evolving and transforms to best serve the needs of parent participants each year, it's hard to summarize the group's purpose and activities. We encourage you to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more in person!

Have questions? Email us at info@EPAdvisoryCouncil.com.

Annual Calendar

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13: Meeting
    • Meeting topics:
      • Fall Program Offerings for 2019-2020
      • Winter Warm-Up Prep
      • Presentation from Superintendent Josh Swanson and Assistant Superintendent Stacie Stanley
  • All Day Sunday Dec. 2: Patina Fundraiser
  • 9:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11
    • Meeting topics:
      • Grant discussion
      • Winter Warm-Up Planning
  • Saturday, Jan. 26: Winter Warm-Up
  • 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4: Davanni's Dine to Donate Fundraiser
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 7: Meeting
    • Discussion includes:
      • Summer Program Offerings for 2019
      • Grant Voting
      • Behavioral Specialist Ann LaBonne
  • All day March 12: Red Savoy's Dine to Donate
  • 9:15 a.m. Monday, March 18
    • Discussion includes:
      • Family Resources Specialist Molly Patil and Community Resources Specialist Reta Johnson
      • Friday Fun Day Planning
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16: Meeting
    • Discussion includes:
      • Teacher Appreciation Gifts
      • Friday Fun Day Prep
  • Friday, April 19: Friday Fun Day
  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6-9: Nothing Bundt Cakes Dine to Donate Fundraiser