ECFE: Early Childhood Family Education Classes

Our classes and events are for you and your young children — find out more here!

Registration is ongoing — you are welcome to join our classes any time during the school year, space permitting.

You are your child's first and most important teacher. Our ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) classes can help you with that role. Our high-quality classes are for you and your young children — from newborns to pre-kindergarten age. View our short video, or check out photos of a day at ECFE.

A typical class meets once a week and includes:

  • Parent-Child Activity. Time where you and your child together enjoy a classroom filled with play and learning activities. You'll also take home new ideas for things you can do together.
  • Parent Discussion. Meet with other parents and enjoy conversations  with a licensed parent educator to share support, 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, STEM, and large/small muscle activities.

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

Have a new baby in your life?

Call us for a free, one-on-one visit in your home, in our buildings, by phone, or wherever is convenient for you (available to Hopkins Public School District residents). For your free home visit and welcome packet, please call Kathryn Moore at 952-988-5046 or by email.

Not just classes

And there's more - join us for Special Topics workshops, free classes, fun family events, vehicle fairs, home visits, and many other exciting activities!

Didn't start when your child was a baby?

No problem! We have classes for you and your child all the way from birth to 5 years old. You are welcome to join classes at any point they fit with your family's life.

Where we are

ECFE classes are offered at the Harley Hopkins Family Center, 125 Monroe Ave S, in Hopkins; and the Ronald B. Davis Community Center at Meadowbrook Elementary School, 5430 Glenwood Ave, in Golden Valley.

Our preschools are conveniently located in our Hopkins Public Schools' elementary schools throughout the District.

Registration

Registrations are accepted via mail, walk-in and Online. Check out our catalog. Feel free to call Hopkins Early Childhood staff at 952-988-5000.

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Events & Initiatives

Find out more about our family fun events, free Storytime and Dinners, Daddy and Me events, and more!