Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

  • "Come for your child, stay for yourself!"

    ECFE is a unique state-wide parent/child education program for all families with children ages birth to kindergarten.

    There are weekly classes, one-time specials, drop-by playtimes, parenting speakers and program field trips. Check out the Parent Advisory Council for ways to be involved in the program.

    Weekly classes have three parts:

    • Learning together: you and your child play together choosing from many planned activities designed just for your child's age.
    • Purposeful play for children: designed as a child peer-group experience for learning and socializing, led by a licensed Early Childhood teacher.
    • Connecting with others: while children play, parents join together as An an informal group to share in discussions led by a licensed Parent Educator. Sharing ideas and learning about your child's development is a great benefit to everyone.


    Location: All ECFE parent-child classes are held at the Educational Service Center, 5901 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista (next to the Mound Westonka High School, enter through the lower level doors of the ESC - drive around to the back of the building.)

    Fees: No one is turned away for an inability to pay fees. For sliding fee registration, please call the ECFE Office at Shirley Hills at (952) 491-8480. For detailed information on classes, specials and fee schedule click on the link to the Community Education and Services website: www.westonkace.org

    Home Visits and Phone Consultations:
    Licensed family educators can provide free home visits or phone consultations on parenting and development challenges with your child. This service is confidential and is available to all families in the community who have a child in the birth through five-year-old range. To schedule a visit or phone consultation, please call (952) 491-8580.

Register for ECFE Classes

    • Click on the Quick Link to Online Registration though Westonka Community Education
    • Call the Community Education office at (952) 491-8040
    • Stop by the Educational Service Center at 5901 Sunnyfield Road E, Minnetrista 


  • For more information about Westonka Community Preschool, please contact:

    Sarah Grimm
    Early Childhood Coordinator
    (952) 491-8580  

    or call the Early Learning Center office at (952) 491-8576