Early Childhood Family Education

Parent-Child Classes

ECFE offers a variety of classes for parents and children to come together to connect as a family, to discuss topics relating to your child’s stage of development, and to meet other families. Classes are available for families with infant, toddler, and preschool age children.

Classes meet once a week (1-1.25 hours) for eight-twelve weeks each trimester (fall, winter, and spring sessions). Each session brings new opportunities to reflect on your child’s stage of development, meet new families, and engage in discussions related to new parenting topics.

A typical ECFE class begins with “parent-child time” where parents and children participate in fun learning activities together. While parents later join a parenting discussion facilitated by a parent educator, children continue their play with their early childhood teacher in the children’s classroom. Families join together for songs and finger-plays during the closing circle time led by staff.

Quality educational childcare is available for siblings not enrolled in classes. Owatonna ECFE operates based on a sliding fee scale; no one is turned away for inability to pay.

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Amazing NewBorn Clinic
Amazing Newborn Clinic
Tuesdays 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Roosevelt Community School, 122 E McKinley St. 

Do you have a new baby? Congratulations! Owatonna ECFE and Steele County Public Health would like to invite you and your baby (0-12 weeks) to Amazing Newborn, a free weekly class and drop in experience.

A Parent Educator will lead parents through group discussion and learning on a rotating schedule of topics that include:  development, tummy time, mom’s body care, soothing a crying baby, self-care, postpartum moods, car seats, first colds and fevers, language and literacy, relationships, feeding, and schedules. Drop in as little or as much as you would like to participate in discussion with other new parents.  

 Public Health Nurses will continue to be an active part of Amazing Newborn.  Parents are welcome to drop in to have your baby weighed, discuss feeding or health concerns, etc.  No need to stay for the entirety of the weekly class.

No pre-registration is required. Come when it fits your schedule in the 0-12 week window. Sibling care is available.
Every Tuesday, Year round from 10:30- 12:00 pm, Room 123


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