Early Childhood Family Education serves children from birth to 5 years and their families.
The Early Childhood Family Center is a Community Services program of the Bloomington and Richfield Public schools
The Center's mission is to strengthen families through quality education and support in parenting and parent-child relationships. At the Family Center, we focus on both parents and kids and know that a parent is a child's first and most important teacher!
The Center provides classes, programs, and services for families with young children from birth to kindergarten age. Quality educational childcare is provided on site, for a small fee, for siblings not enrolled in classes.
Please join us for our annual Fun Fest! August 27, 5:30-7 pm! This fun, free evening will include a chance to meet our staff and see our classrooms, a little dancing with the Teddy Bear Band, exploring a firetruck and the smokehouse, bouncing in a moonwalk, facepainting, games & more!For General Questions Contact: 952-681-6200
Get Ready, Get Set for Kindergarten Success! Click here
to see a list of skills that are important to introduce to four-and five-year old children. Children learn at different rates, and these skills are not requirements, but rather a guideline for what can be encouraged and worked on before kindergarten.
Programs & Services
Early Childhood Family Education
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes help parents meet the challenges of parenting and help young children (birth to 5 years) develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. The program sets the stage for parent involvement and children's success in school while strengthening the parent-child relationship. Over 30 ECFE classes a week are offered at three sites, mornings, evenings and Saturdays. ECFE is a public school program staffed by licensed parent and early childhood educators. ECFE operates on a sliding fee scale; no one is turned away for inability to pay.Click here to view the Fall 2014 catalog
School Readiness Preschools
We currently have openings available for children ages 3-5 for Fall 2014.
Family Center preschools help children develop learning readiness skills so they will have the confidence, independence, and social abilities to become successful learners. Preschool classrooms and activities are designed to provide a variety of fun and meaningful hands-on learning experiences and staff members pay close attention to meeting children's individual and developing needs. All teachers are licensed in early childhood family education or early childhood special education. Parent involvement is an important part of our preschool programs. The Family Center offers four unique preschool programs for both three-and four- year olds at three sites in Bloomington and Richfield.
Early Childhood Screening
Early childhood Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early childhood services before they enter school and connects them with the appropriate resources and programs.The Family Center conducts screenings for children in Bloomington and Richfield. The state of Minnesota requires that all children be screened before they enter kindergarten. This screening should be done by the time your child turns four years old. If you have a concern about your child's development at age three, the Family Center will perform specially requested screenings.
Many of our classes and preschools are offered in collaboration with Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Children identified with special needs are provided opportunities for successful participation through joint programs and collaboration with our district's Early Childhood Special Education department.
For information, in Bloomington call Early Childhood Special Education at 952-806-8900 or for Richfield information call 612-243-3004.
Fairview Pond Center Clinic
In the fall of 2009, Fairview Health Services and Bloomington Public Schools partnered to bring affordable medical services to the Bloomington and Richfield communities.
Fairview Pond Center Clinic
's medical, dental and mental health partners provide family-centered care at no cost or low cost to Bloomington and Richfield children, infancy through high school. Other clinic services include assistance with accessing health insurance, immunizations, physicals and health education.
Community Provider Network (CPN)
The District is partnering with early childhood program providers in our community, the We Believe Alliance, and the City of Bloomington’s Public Health Department to create a Community Provider Network (CPN)
. Through this CPN, we can increase the number of children who are ready for Kindergarten, and also improve the readiness of these children for Kindergarten. A strategy to achieve this goal is through the professional development of the members of this Community Provider Network.