Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Where you and your child learn and grow together!

An ECFE child and parent playing together

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is for all families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten. The program recognizes that families provide children’s first and most important learning environments and parents are children’s first and most significant teachers.

ECFE strengthens families through the education and support of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. The programs bring parents together to share the joys and challenges of parenthood and develop confidence in their own abilities.

Everything you need to know about ECFE can be found on this page. Scroll down to learn more or click on a topic below to jump to a particular section.

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ECFE in Spring Lake Park Schools

Watch what makes Spring Lake Park Schools' Early Childhood Family Education a special place for your child to learn.

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ECFE Registration

Registrations will be accepted throughout sessions until the classes are full.

ECFE Classes


2024-25 Fall Registration opens on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. 

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes provide families a time to learn and play together from birth to kindergarten age, regardless of abilities or financial circumstances.

Classes are held at:

  • District Service Center: 1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, Door #12
  • Centerview Elementary: 10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, Door #2

ECFE Calendar

ECFE follows the Spring Lake Park School District student calendar, but has a shorter school year with additional days off. 

Date  
July 15 Registration Opens at 8:30 a.m.
September 6 ECFE Classes Begin
October 3, 4, 14-18 No ECFE Classes
November 1, 25-29 No ECFE Classes
December 2, 23-31 No ECFE Classes
January 1, 17, 20 No ECFE Classes
February 11 -18 No ECFE Classes
March 7-17, 31 No ECFE Classes
April 18 No ECFE Classes
May 16 Last Day of ECFE

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Contact Us

Our Early Childhood team is here to answer any of your questions. Contact us at 763-600-5900 or earlychildhood@district16.org

2024-2025 Early Childhood Brochure

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The ECFE class experience is as easy as 1, 2, 3.......!

1. Together Time

Families are free to explore the classroom filled with learning activities and enjoy art, free play, songs, and stories together.

2. Parent’s Time

Adults join together with a licensed family educator to share ideas and concerns, discuss the challenges of being a parent and feel encouraged by the support of other parents.

3. Children’s Time

Children remain with at least two staff to learn, play and have snack together while the parents are in discussion.

Early Childhood Advisory Council

Parent input is essential to the success of our programs and the Early Childhood Advisory Council is a highly-valued resource. This group of interested Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Preschool parents helps to plan and coordinate special events. They also help set the direction of the program and advocate for early childhood. Joining the Advisory Council is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and support early learning in Spring Lake Park Schools. Contact our office if you are interested, 763-600-5900.

"I just love the community that comes with the ECFE program. I not only get to spend dedicated time with my child, but I get to connect with other parents and help each other through the challenging parts of life." - ECFE parent

ECFE parents and children playing together