Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)


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 classes and programs are designed to strengthen and empower families and support children’s healthy growth and development.

Licensed Early Childhood teachers help children develop their cognitive, physical, language and social skills through a variety of fun learning activities.  Licensed Parent Educators provide support and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics such as discipline, sleep, nutrition, child development, and more.  We offer engaging classes and programs for children ages birth to five.

Our classes include:

  • Activities for parents and children to learn together
  • Circle time with songs 
  • Time for children to interact with one another
  • Parent/caregiver discussion time 


Summer 2024 ECFE registrations are open. 



Fall 2024 ECFE registrations are open.


Note:  No family will be turned away due to an inability to pay for an ECFE class.  For more information, contact Heidi Degen at degen.heidi@slpschools.org or 952-928-6785.

Central Early Learning Center– Door 3
6300 Walker Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 952.928.6774
Fax: 952.928.6728

Early Childhood Screening

The state of Minnesota requires all children to be screened before entering kindergarten. Screening is free and includes a hearing, vision, growth & development, and immunization check. Screening is most valuable soon after you child turns 3 years old. Early Childhood screening can help identify whether or not your child might benefit from early childhood services before entering kindergarten. It can also connect families to useful resources and programs within the school district and the city of St. Louis Park. Appointments are required and are available September through June. Click here to learn more. 
Questions about Early Childhood Screening? Contact Adri Melander at  952-928-6774 or email melander.adri@slpschools.org.

Questions about ECFE? 


Contact Heidi Degen at 952-928-6785 or degen.heidi@slpschools.org.

Click here for the required immunization form.

Early Learning Parent Advisory Council

The Early Learning Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) welcomes YOU! Parent volunteers on the Advisory Council support programming at the Central Early Learning Center in many different ways. We sponsor fun, community building events for families and fund support for programming. Creating a warm, safe, welcoming, and nurturing early childhood environment for all children and their families is our priority.  We welcome you to our community! Please call the Central Early Learning Center at 952.928.6785 for Early Learning Advisory Council contact information and meeting dates. 

The Early Learning Parent Advisory Council

  • Sponsors fun events for families with young children such as as Family Playground Playdates, Vehicle Fair, Fall Ball, Winter Meltdown and more!
  • Supports teachers and staff by providing classroom supply stipends, recognition, and enrichment opportunities