About Parent Child Classes

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

Classes usually meet once a week (1.25 hours) for nine or ten 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.
The goals of ECFE:
  • To support parents in their parenting efforts;
  • To offer information about child development and positive parenting techniques;
  • To help parents and their children communicate more effectively;
  • To provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, and learn;
  • To provide information on community resources available to parents and children.

To see our current brochure please click here.  If you would like more information or would like to register for a Parent-Child class, please call our office at: (507) 444-7900.