What is Early Childhood Family Education?

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is based on the idea that parents provide their child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are children’s first and most enduring teachers. ECFE works to support you as a parent/caregiver and to strengthen and empower families. The goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environments for their child’s learning and development.

Bloomington Early Learning Services believes in supporting the development of children starting at birth through a partnership model with families and caregivers. ECFE staff designs classes and opportunities for families to learn together as we support the learning of children from birth to starting kindergarten.

Play is the central work of learning and at Bloomington Early Learning Services, in ECFE we have designed programming to help your child develop in all areas of learning.  Each classroom is set up for child focused learning using state standards and taught by our licensed teachers. 

All families are welcome. No one will be denied participation due to inability to pay.

Typical ECFE Classes

Classes include learning for everyone! Every class provides learning for both children and parents/caregivers.

  •  A licensed early childhood teacher and paraprofessional are with your child the whole class time. Each classroom is designed to provide learning toys and materials that are just right for your child’s age and development.
  • Your child’s teacher will provide learning activities and experiences that support the Minnesota state standards for children ages birth to 5-years-old.
  • Whether your ECFE class is a separating class or a class with gradual separation, each class has time for parent education and a time for parent/child learning activities.

Come join your community in raising children who are excited to explore, build friendships, and learn at every age.

One-on-One Parent Education

Sometimes there’s a parenting issue that needs individual attention. The ideas/methods you’ve heard are not meeting the parenting challenges you have at home. Behavior, routines, developmental concerns arise and you need more than a few minutes in your ECFE class or connecting with a friend. 

Make a FREE appointment with a licensed parent educator to discuss your parenting challenges, get resources and/or develop a plan that will fit you and your family. A follow up consultation will be offered if necessary and can be scheduled after your first visit. 

ECFE for One Registration

Fall 2024 ECFE Registrations now open!

We are now taking reservations for Fall 2024 ECFE classes. Check out our offerings below and visit our ELS Enrollment page for more information about registering for ECFE classes.

Summer and Fall 2024 Classes





952-681-6200 - English
952-681-6219 - Español
952-681-6269 - Soomaali

Pond Center
9600 3rd Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55420