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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Family Education is a MN State funded educational program for families with children from birth to 5 (not yet in kindergarten). The mission of Early Childhood Family Education is to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents and to help parents provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.

In SoWashCo Schools, ECFE sets the stage for parent involvement and children's success in K-12 education and builds community by connecting parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Classes include early childhood education, parent/child interaction time and parent discussion. Classes are taught by Minnesota State licensed early childhood teachers and licensed parent educators. In addition to traditional classes, ECFE also provides individualized consultation options for families as well as other program options through community partnerships with Woodwinds Hospital, Headstart, WIC, Washington County child care providers and libraries.


Joyce Beaird
Early Learning Family Services Manager

Sharon Griffiths

Office Hours:

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

Fall ECFE Early Bird Registration

We are planning for a wide variety of ECFE classes for Fall, 2021. For the first time, we will be offering early bird registration that will take place June 4-11.

Register Fall 2021-2022 Class Schedule

ECFE Classes and Activities


Parent Resources

Early Childhood Home Visits