Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Where you and your child learn and grow 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.

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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 Classes


Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes provide families a time to learn and play together from birth to kindergarten.

Two Semesters of ECFE Classes in the 2021-2022 school year:

ECFE Classes are held at:

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

Semester 1 - Fall Session
September 13, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Registration begins Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Semester 2 - Winter/Spring Session
January 21, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Registration begins Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

ECFE classes will NOT meet on Oct 18-22, Nov 22-26, Dec 3, 6, 21-31, Jan 17-20, Feb 17, 18, 21, Mar 14-21, Apr 7, 8, 15.

Sibling care will be offered on Friday, March 14 at no charge. Sibling care fee applies for regular classes.

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

ECFE Registration

There are two semesters of ECFE classes are offered each school year.

  • Semester 1: September 13, 2021 – January 14, 2022

  • Semester 2: January 21, 2022 – May 20, 2022

Early Learners Connection Program

Early Learner Connections program (ELC) is community partnership between Spring Lake Park ECFE and home and center-based childcare providers to support of healthy development of infants, toddlers and preschool children in the community. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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

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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 don't know where my family would be without ECFE. We love it!

dad coloring with child at ECFE class