Family School

We are now taking applications to Family School for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply, fill out this interest form and a staff person will contact you with more information. 

English testing with Metro South ABE is required to apply for this program. 

  • Free afternoon preschool for 3 and 4 year olds born before September 1, 2016
    • 4- or 5-day options
  • English classes for adults during preschool
    • Beginning English class on Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Intermediate English class on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • A sibling classroom for children born after September 1, 2016
  • Guest speakers on literacy development and community resources

For additional information, check out the 2019-20 Family School flyer.

Para obtener información en español,
contáctese con Heriberto Vargas en hvargas@edenpr.org o 952-975-7068.

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Family Literacy Program Information

Family School

In partnership with Metro South Adult Basic Education, Community Education has recently expanded options for parents in Eden Prairie who want to learn English or develop literacy skills! Over the 2018-2019 school year, we gathered information from parents, teachers, and community organizations and piloted a family literacy program that is responsive to families’ needs.

The center of our family literacy programming, the Family School program, offers free English classes for adults, preschool for 3 and 4 year olds born before September 1, 2016, and a sibling classroom for younger children. We are now taking applications to Family School for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply, fill out this interest form and a staff person will contact you with more information.

For more information, please contact Lydia Nelson, Family Literacy VISTA, at lydia_nelson@edenpr.org or 952-975-6968.  

Family School FAQ

What does Family School include?

English class for adults at least twice a week for two hours, afternoon preschool for qualifying children, and guest speakers talking about community and literacy resources.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  1. Any children who need care during the English class need to be eligible for preschool by age
  2. An English test score in the right range for the class
  3. A commitment to come to class in the afternoon at least 80% of the time

Will there be childcare?

There are afternoon preschool spots available for 3-4 year olds born before 9/1/2016. A sibling classroom is available for younger children.

Registration priority will be given to families with preschoolers; registration for families with younger children only will open on August 15. 

Will there be transportation?

Children will be able to take the bus to preschool. SW Prime passes can be provided for adults, but there is no other transportation offered for parents.

If you want to transport your preschooler yourself on English class days, you will need to notify program staff so that the transportation department is aware of the change in schedule. 

When will I hear if I’m accepted?

After you take an English test, you will hear back by the end of May, if not earlier. Once both spring testing days are over, program staff will respond to those who tested to let them know if they are in the right level for the class.

Is there a cost?

No. Preschool, English class, and care for younger children are free to families who qualify for the program.

What level is the class?

A beginning English class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, and an intermediate English class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What if I’ve already tested?

You will still need to fill out the interest form so that we can see if your child qualifies for preschool and find your test score.

Why do I need to test?

We need to know your English level so that we can place you in the right class, which makes learning easier for everyone in the class. If someone is at too high or too low of a level for a class, it is harder for them and the other people in the group to learn. Metro South ABE is also required by law to test within 12 hours of enrollment, and it is best to test before starting a class.

How do I register for a testing day?

To register for a testing day, call Metro South's main office at 952-681-6170 and mention Family School or Eagles Adult English. 

If you need childcare during testing, you can also call Community Education at 952-975-6940 and ask about upcoming English testing days hosted by the Family Literacy program.

Eagles Adult English

Eagles Adult English is an evening English course for parents of Eden Prairie Schools students and other adults 18 years old and older who test into the appropriate English level. The class is taught by a Metro South Adult Basic Education teacher and will be offered at Central Middle School during the 2019/2020 school year, beginning September 9, 2019 and continuing on Tuesday evenings until mid-May 2020. 

Pre-testing with Metro South ABE is required for this course. 

For more information, please contact Lydia Nelson, Family Literacy VISTA, at lydia_nelson@edenpr.org or 952-975-6968. 

Literacy Toolkit

In addition to the two on-site programs for English Language Learners, the Family Literacy Program offers an online toolkit to support anyone working to build literacy and English language skills. The toolkit includes resources for those learning at home or working with adults, K-12 students, or young children to develop language or literacy skills in any number of settings. 

Included in the collection are videos, websites, flyers, story collections, and many other resources. Find the toolkit at www.edenpr.org/literacytoolkit

Community Assessment

A community assessment on needs, barriers, and resources for adult and family literacy in Eden Prairie was conducted from August to December 2018. The resulting report can be found here.

Key Findings:

  • There is a need for accessible English classes in Eden Prairie among mothers of young children. 
  • Different demographic groups have different expectations for young children’s learning--and different ideas about what is important for adults to learn.
  • Transportation and childcare are the two largest barriers to attending English classes for parents of young children in Eden Prairie. 
  • There is also a need for basic literacy instruction that is not being met by any existing services. 

For more information about the assessment, contact Lydia Nelson at 952-975-6968 or lydia_nelson@edenpr.org.