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Early Childhood Programming

Early Childhood Family Education is a MN State funded educational program for families with children from birth to 5 (not yet in kindergarten). ECFE helps parents support their child's growth and development. Classes are taught by licensed early childhood teachers and licensed parent educators. 

Winter/Spring ECFE Registration

The lottery for registration for winter/spring 2023 classes takes place November 28 - December 9. Lottery placement will be conducted on Monday, December 12. After that time, we will continue to take registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register  View Catalog EARLY LEARNING Winter/Spring 2023 CATALOG PDF

Drop-In Play Sessions

Drop-In Play sessions provide the opportunity for you and your child(ren) to pop in for some parent/child ECFE fun. Most sessions are weekly and run from September through May based on the ECFE program calendar. Registration is not required and sessions are free. Space is limited to 14 children per session. For ages birth - 5 years old.

LIBERTY RIDGE SITE 2 - 11283 EAGLE VIEW BLVD., WOODBURY, MN

  • Mondays 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

DROP-IN PLAY WILL NOT OCCUR ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
Jan. 23-30; Feb. 20; March 6-13; April 7, April 21, May 29

New Parent Connection Drop-In

In this free, drop-in style class, you will be able to connect with other new parents, ask questions and share ideas related to adjusting to a new baby, feeding, sleeping and more.  For more information or the link to join the virtual class, please call the Early Learning office at 641-452-7181.

LIBERTY RIDGE SITE 2 - 11283 EAGLE VIEW BLVD., WOODBURY, MN

  • Mondays 12:30-2:00 p.m. - ages birth - 4 months
  • Mondays 4:15-5:30 p.m. - ages 3-12 months

VIRTUAL

  • Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - ages birth - 4 months
  • Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. - ages 3-12 months

Contact

Katie Van Overmieren
Enrollment
651-425-7181

kvanover@sowashco.org

Beth Quist
Site Coordinator
Liberty Ridge Site 2
651-425-7163

bquist@sowashco.org

Ann Mockenhaupt
Site Coordinator
District Program Center
651-425-6636

amockenh@sowashco.org

Joyce Beaird
Early Learning Family
Services Manager
651-425-7169

jbeaird@sowashco.org

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ECFE Classes and Activities

Early Learning Blog

Along with the joy of becoming a parent comes a lot of questions about raising a child. It can be hard to find answers and information. Our Early Learning blog can provide the information you seek. Written by one of our own ECFE Licensed Parent Educators, each blog offers insight into child development, parenting strategies, and other important topics that can support parents during their parenting journey. View our extensive blog library of topics as well as our most recent post below:

Parenting is hard work. Parents will inevitably make mistakes in the process of parenting their kids. I could tell you many stories about the mistakes I made with my kids. I mean I still make mistakes today even though my kids are 20, 18, and 16. You would think I’d have it all figured out by now! As I reflect on my parenting journey, I can pinpoint a few things I either avoided doing or wish I had av

Consent. This is a word we hear about often but perhaps don’t think is relevant to young children. In fact, we may think that we don’t have to worry about teaching our children about consent until they are teenagers but now is the time to start. Starting to teach our young children about consent and what it means not only empowers them but can also help keep them safe.

Toys, Toys, Toys! There are so many toys available. The options are endless, but not all toys are created equal. Think of it this way, toys are the tools children use to play and according to Mr. Rogers “play is the work of childhood.” Play is both developmental and supports your child’s development. The tools or toys children have access to impact this development

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