Kimball Early Childhood & Family Education

"Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth." (Early Childhood Family Education. Retrieved November 11, 2015, from http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/EarlyLearn/ECFE/).

Kimball's ECFE program offers several parent-child classes each year. A combination of morning and evening classes are offered. There are also several weekend opportunities and other special events offered throughout the year.

Upcoming Special ECFE Events
Early Childhood Family Open Gym Nights!
Join us Tuesday nights in March for open gym geared especially toward children ages 1 - 5 years old. We will have the gym set up with tunnels, trikes, balls, scooters, hula hoops, and more. Let your children run and play in our Elementary gym!
Dates: Tuesday's in March (March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Kimball Elementary School Gym (Enter through Door #1)
Cost: $5.00 / Family / Night
* E-mail or call to let us know you might be coming: lisa.hennen@kimball.k12.mn.us or (320) 398 - 7700 ext. 2802
**May be cancelled due to inclement weather**

Free Play Thursday Events
3 Thursdays during the year, we will host a free event for families to come and spend an hour in our early childhood classroom. We will have our big gross motor toys available (try riding trikes indoors!) Additionally, art materials will be set out for exploration. This is a FREE event, and no registration is required. Just stop by and enjoy the fun!

Dates: January 10th, February 7th, March 7th - 2019
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Room K3, Kimball Elementary School
** May be canceled due to inclement weather**

2018 - 2019 ECFE Class Schedule

Session Schedules

Fall Session: October 2nd - November 20th, 2018

Winter Session: December 4th, 2018 - February 5th, 2019

Spring Session:  February 19th - April 9th, 2019

Location: All classes are held at Kimball Elementary School in Room K3. 

Play With Me

A 1.5 hour long, traditional morning ECFE class for families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.  This class encompasses art exploration, child led play time, a teacher led circle time, and a half hour of parent education time. 

Tuesday's: 9:00 -10:30 a.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
(Offered: Fall, Winter, & Spring Sessions)
*Registration Required
Learn With Me

A 1.5 hour long, traditional evening ECFE class for families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. This class encompasses art exploration, child led play time, a teacher led circle time, and a half hour of parent education time.

Tuesday's: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Fall Session:  Oct. 2nd - Nov. 20th, 2018
*Registration Required
Circle of Security Parenting - The Secret Language of Kids

This is a parent-centered class. Parents will be engaging in an hour discussion on how to build secure relationships and foster healthy development with their children. Children under 5 who are comfortable separating from their parents are invited to attend. Their will be gross motor activities and child centered experiences led by an early childhood teacher.  

Tuesday's: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Winter Session:  Dec. 4th 2018 - Feb. 5th, 2019
*Registration Required
Explore with Me

Get ready to be messy! This class is all about exploring with our sense through play.  There will be different sensory materials for your child to experiment with, and use to create or make art.  Come enjoy the worry free mess, at school.  

Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Spring Session : Feb. 19th - April 9th, 2019
*Registration Required

A sliding fee scale is used for classes in which payment is required. This means that the fee is based on family income. No family is turned away due to inability to pay!

Registration Pre-registration is required for ECFE classes.
Please click here to download our ECFE registration form and mail into our office.

Kimball Early Childhood
Attn: Lisa Hennen
P.O. Box 368
Kimball, MN 55353

Even if a class has already begun, you may be able to register and join if there is space, so please do not hesitate to call.

ECFE Office: (320) 398 - 7700 Ext. 2802
E-mail lisa.hennen@kimball.k12.mn.us

Because of the nature of the classes, classes with fewer than 4 families registered will be canceled. Please register early so we can best prepare.

 Home  Visits!!
Kimball ECFE offers free home visits to families with young children. Just call the office to schedule a home visit. 

New Baby Packet or Visit!
If you have an infant contact our office for a free Welcome Baby visit. These are short 30 minute visits, that provide you with a welcome gift from our program and share with you want support and resources are available to you and your newborn child.
Contact: Lisa Hennen