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

All classes are held at Kimball Elementary School in Room K3. 
2020-2021 ECFE Class Schedule (TBD)

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 playtime, a teacher-led circle time, and a half-hour of parent education time. 

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
6 Week Fall Session (TBD)
6 Week Winter Session (TBD)
6 Week Spring Session (TBD)
*Registration Required -
Register for one or all sessions!
The Incredible Years!

Come meet with other parents of young children.  This is a non-separating class. We will also be hosting a few special guest speakers, and discussing topics that will help support you and your child during the first years of life!

Ages: Newborns to 36 months
Spring 6 Week Session-TBD
*Registration Required

How Much is Too Much? Parenting in the Age of Over-Indulgence

This is a 1 hour and 15-minute class for families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.  This class encompasses traditional ECFE child-parent interaction time, teacher-led circle time, and a half-hour of parent education time focused on balancing nurturing boundaries, and time to raise responsible and respectful children.

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
6 Week Winter Session (TBD)
*Registration Required
Thinkering Together: Full STEAM Ahead

This is a class for 3 - 5-year-old students and their families. Parents and children will be learning and working together to create, build, and explore early science, engineering, art, math and literacy concepts.  There will be a half hour of parent education time focused on supporting learning at home and school readiness.

Ages: 3 - 5 Years Old
6 Week Fall Session (TBD)
*Registration Required
The Secret Language of Kids

Learn how to read your child's cues to help foster a secure relationship, diminishing behaviors, and frustrations! This is a parent-centered class, that will have 15 minutes of child/parent interaction time and a full hour of parent education time.  Children will engage in a variety of learning activities with a child educator, including a snack and circle time.

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
6 Week Spring Session: (TBD) 
*Registration Required
Home / Child Care Center Visits

Not ready or able to attend a class, or need individualized support? Our ECFE program offers FREE family home and daycare visits within the school District. 

A licensed child/parent educator will come to your home or daycare and provide you with resources, information, and activities to help support learning. 

Please call or e-mail to set up a visit:
(320) 398 - 7700 ext. 2802

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 Education
Attn: Colleen Nelson
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 colleen.nelson@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.

Do you have a new baby? 

New Baby Welcome Packets or Home Visits
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 to support and resources are available to you and your newborn child.
Contact: Colleen Nelson