Early Learning Programs

Early Childhood Family Education


Early Childhood Screening

Our Core Values

  • We value each child as an exceptional and unique individual.
  • We value parents and families as their children’s first and most significant teacher.
  • We value safe, welcoming, barrier free, high quality learning opportunities for young children and their families.
  • We value learning environments which honor and support each child’s unique and individual development.
  • We value and celebrate the diversity of young children and their families.

Early Learning Programs 

A place where …

  • We welcome each other

  • We care for each other

  • We stand up for each other

  • We protect each other


Early childhood is a magical time! Learning begins at birth and a well-rounded early childhood education can nurture caring, capable, and responsible citizens.

St. Louis Park’s Early Learning Program offers two options for children ages birth to five: ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) and Early Learning Preschool. With a focus on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children, we offer flexible options for busy families. Developing strong family and teacher partnerships is at the center of our practice. We know that these successful school experiences and trusting relationships with teachers and classmates can echo positively throughout a child’s life. Join us as your child embarks on this exciting journey toward a lifelong love of learning! To learn more, contact Heidi Degen at 952-928-6785.

The Central Early Learning Center is located at 6300 Walker Street, St. Louis Park, 55416. The main entrance is at Door 3

Click here for a comprehensive overview of the exciting things that are happening in our school.

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open.






Find your child’s age as of September 1, 2024.  Choose the class schedule that works best for your child and family.  

Children who are 33 mos. old by September 1, 2024 are eligible for a 3’s class. 
Children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2024 are eligible for a 4’s class. 
Income based tuition assistance may be available for students who are residents of St. Louis Park. Contact Heidi Degen at 952.928.6785 or degen.heidi@slpschools.org for more information.

Do you know…

 If you have concerns about your birth- five year old child’s development, St Louis Park’s early intervention program is available to talk with you about your concerns. To speak with program staff, please call Stephanie Duensing at 952.928.6741 or complete an online referral with Help Me Grow.

Our Early Learning programs earned a Parent Aware rating of four out of four possible stars!

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Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Form

The Minnesota School Immunization Law requires that all students enrolled in PreK-Grade 12 show they have received certain immunizations or an exemption. Schools are required to report immunization dada to MDH each year through the Annual Immunization Status Report. Students may not begin ECFE or Preschool without submitting an up-to-date immunization form or a immunization exemption form. 

Are your kids ready? Use this chart as a guide to determine which vaccines are required to enroll in child care, early childhood programs, and school (online, home school, public, or private). Find the child’s age/grade level and look to see if your child had the number of shots shown by the checkmarks under each vaccine. The table on the back shows the ages when doses are due.

Click here for an immunization form that can be filled out by you or your child’s doctor. We will also accept the doctor’s version of this form. Immunization forms can be faxed to us at 952-928-6728. 

This form is due before your child’s first day of school. Students whose immunization forms have not been turned in may not stay in class until the form is submitted.