Early Learning

Special Events

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (Ages 2-5 years)
Crawl, hop and jump around exploring our bug activities. We will have bug crafts for your child to complete. Class will end with a bug-themed circle time and story.
6-7:15 pm
CEC - ECFE area
$10 per child
Polka Dance Party (Ages 2-5 years)
Wondering about the Czech heritage of New Prague? All are invited to enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment and fun provided by the Eddie Shimota Band. This multigenerational event will have something for all ages. Be exposed to the language, food, dance and music. Put your dancing shoes on and be ready to polka! Bring the whole family. 
6-8 pm
CEC - Gym
$15 per family
ECFE in the Park (All ages)
Join Ms. Krystal at the parks of New Prague, Lonsdale and Elko New Market. Enjoy time with your child outdoors playing at the park, participating in different activities, and a short circle time! Parents must stay and supervise their children for the duration of the class. Childcare providers are welcome. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic with your child once class is over! Please register in advance so we have enough supplies.
Settler's Park
11 am-12 pm
$5 per family; $10 per daycare
Northside Park
11 am-12 pm
$5 per family; $10 per daycare
Single Parenting Night (Ages 3-6 years)
Parenting can be hard and doing it alone or as a co-parent can present some unique challenges. We invite you to come spend a night of fun and fellowship with other single or co-parents and their kids. You are invited to bring your child(ren) along to enjoy some yummy pizza (so you don't have to cook) and engaging games and activities. You can attend with our without your child(ren). Not only will a parent educator be present to answer all your parenting questions, but resources will be available to help support you and your family. This class will end with a story and circle time.
5:30-7 pm
Eagle View - ECFE Rm B118

Weekly Classes

Newborn Talk (Birth-16 weeks)
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! This class is for parents with babies 0-16 weeks. A nurse and parent educator will be available to answer questions about your newborn and provide support, connection and resources. Some topics include feeding, sleeping, attachment, development and returning to work. We will also offer weekly baby weight checks! This class is free and registration is not required.
10:45 am-12 pm
CEC - ECFE Room C203
Baby and Me (Birth-12 months)
Parenting a baby is exciting and challenging. Join other parents and their babies for this special time together. Talk about feeding, sleeping, soothing and adjusting to parenthood. 
9-10 am
CEC - ECFE Room C203
Movin' On Up (Ages 12-23 months)
Come and explore the toddler room with your child. The classroom is set up with age-appropriate activities.  Class will end with an engaging circle time and parenting tips. 
10:30-11:30 am
CEC - ECFE Room C203
Wonderful Wednesdays (Ages 2-5 years)
Your child is busy, curious, changing and growing more independent every day. Enjoy music, movement and learning activities to encourage their growth and independence. Parent discussion will include talking about setting limits, home routines and rules, having realistic expectations and topics of special interest to you. 
9-10:30 am
CEC - ECFE Room C213
Peek into Preschool (Ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years)
Is your child attending preschool next year? Get them excited and prepared for school by joining us for a great introduction to the routines and structure of preschool. More time for learning for both children and parents. Class will include parent/child school readiness activities and circle time. At separation time, children will explore the learning centers and have a reading circle time. Parents discuss ways to help get preschoolers ready for kindergarten and other parenting topics of their choice. Sibling care is available.
9:15-11:15 am
CEC - ECFE Room C201
Preschool Plus (Ages 3-5 years)
This class is for parents and children who are currently attending preschool or planning to start preschool next year. Parents and children spend the first half of class participating in fun, learning activities together that have been planned by a teacher. During the second part of class, children remain in the preschool classroom with the teacher while parents meet with a Parent Educator. Topics will include getting your child ready for preschool and kindergarten, development of family relationships, discipline and behavior.
9:15-11:15 am
CEC - ECFE Room C213
Drop and Go OR Stay and Play (Birth-5 years)
Choose to stay and play with your child or drop them off and enjoy an hour to yourself! A teacher will be in the classroom to provide a nurturing environment, movement, fun songs at circle time, and learning activities to encourage your child’s growth and independence.
11 am-12 pm
CEC - ECFE Room C213
Stay and Play: Free
Drop and Go: $2/child; $5/family
Movin' & Groovin' in the Gym (Birth-5 years)
Join us each week for unstructured motor time in the CEC gym for the first hour, then end class with a group activity led by a teacher. 
11 am-12 pm
CEC - Gym
$2/child; $5/family; $10/daycare provider
No need to register - pay at the door!
Walk and Talk (All ages)
Parents and caregivers with children under 8 are invited to take this opportunity to connect with others while getting in some steps! There will be a discussion question, parenting tip and resources shared each week based on the interests of the group. The class is free but you do need to register for sibling care ($20 per family per session).
11:45 am-12:45 pm
CEC - ECFE area
Let's Play Saturdays (Birth-5 years)
Come and play with your young children in the gym! This is a project of the New Prague Early Learning Childhood Initiative Coalition. We are promoting physical development and community opportunities for young children during the winter months. Space will be set up to promote active play for children ages 0-5. Older children are welcome to come if they have a sibling 5 or under. Parents must stay. You do not need to attend  the whole time; you can drop in as you are able.
9-11 am
CEC - Gym
$2/child; $5/family
No need to register - pay at the door!

Early Childhood Screening

Minnesota law requires that all children be screened prior to school enrollment. Three years old is the recommended age for this health and developmental screening. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from additional learning or health services before they enter kindergarten. This simple, free screening checks your child’s height, weight, vision, hearing, speech, and development. Your child’s immunizations will also be reviewed. If your child is 4 and has not yet been screened, please sign up for an appointment as soon as possible. For any questions, please call (952) 758-1674.
Upcoming screenings
Thursday, March 7
Appointments available from 1-4 pm
CEC - ECFE area