Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Program

Where learning comes to life!

You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Our high-quality parent/child classes are designed for you and your children, from birth to kindergarten entry.

A typical class includes:

  • Parent-Child Activity: Time when you and your child together enjoy a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities.

  • Parent Discussion: You’ll meet with other parents and a licensed parent educator to share experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques.

  • Children’s Activity Time: While you are in Parent Discussion (in separating classes), children learn and play with licensed early childhood teachers. Children practice social skills and will enjoy music, art, stories, and large/small muscle activities.

Choosing an ECFE Class

We offer separating classes where parents spend time with their children and away from their children, non-separating classes where parents and children stay together for the entire class period, and parent-only classes where parents attend class without their children. We also provide sibling-care so you can build quality relationships with your children individually, as well as together.

What you need to know about separating classes

  • Parents and children interact and explore activities together for the first part of class. This provides an opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with your child exploring games, creative activities, books, science, dramatic play and more!

  • Following parent/child interaction time, parents meet in a separate classroom with a licensed parent educator for discussion of topics related to child development and parenting.

  • While parents meet for parent discussion, children participate in age-appropriate activities with a licensed early childhood teacher and a teaching assistant. Children are provided experiences which encourage social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

What you need to know about non-separating classes

  • Parents and children stay together in the classroom for the entire class.

  • Parents remain in the same room with children and interact with them in varied learning and play activities.

  • A licensed parent educator leads discussion on topics such as child growth and development, transition to parenthood, and how children learn and play.

  • Discussions, sharing, and support take place within sight and sound of playing children.

What you need to know about parent-only classes

  • Parents will meet the entire class discussing parenting topics.

  • Children will experience educational activities in an early childhood environment.

What you need to know about sibling care

  • Child care is offered to siblings of class participants. Sibling Care is available on a sliding-fee scale.

  • Starting at 4-5 months of age, siblings need to go to sibling care. Newborns and young babies are welcome to come to class with parents. Sign up for sibling care on your registration form, page 14.

Family Drop In & Play

This class is devoted to parent and child activities including dramatic play, sensory experiences, gym play, science, art projects, and more. Each week will be filled with many creative and engaging learning activities for the whole family!
No fee or registration necessary! Just come and join the fun!

Parkview School

September 16-December 2
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
No class October 21 & November 25

September 14-December 7
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
No class October 19 & November 23

Prince Of Peace Church

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
September 12-December 13
8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
No class November 7 & 22 

Free Parent Focus Classes

Parents of children birth through third grade can attend our free Parent Focus classes to learn helpful information and techniques. Topics range from dealing with siblings to finding the right babysitter. These free classes are geared toward parents and are offered on Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings at Parkview Center School (701 County Road B West in Roseville, enter Door 19 by the lower-level parking lot).

Child care available for all participants. To register for the class and child care, please call 651.487.4378. 

Toy Lending Library

For only $10 per school year, you can borrow toys, puzzles, parenting and children's books, slides, and more! The Toy Lending Library allows families to check out toys, bring them back, and check out something new any time. Toys are suitable for infants through preschool children. Libraries available in Parkview Center School (701 County Road B West in Roseville) and Fairview Community Center (1910 County Road B West in Roseville). 

Our Promise

Fees for ECFE classes are on a sliding fee scale according to family income. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay for an ECFE class.