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  • 8-14 months

    I usually snuggle on mom or dad’s lap during class, but lots of other babies explore the toy-filled room. I’m learning to play and share with others. The parents are making friends and learning about how to do a great job raising me. Mom told me it is nice to have “support”. Sometimes I even come to class sleeping but you know what? I always wake up for the bang-bang song. That, and the gigantic, colorful parachute, are my favorite. “Spot” is our class mascot and he pops out of a box and makes me laugh. Last week, my teacher painted my hand and mom put feathers around it to make a turkey. Mom said she’s going to put it in my baby book. Non-separating: Parents stay with babies the entire class.A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes.
  • Beyond ECFE

    Just for Parents:  These 8 week classes, facilitated by Karen Pennaz, parent educator, are designed for parents or caregivers.  There will not be a parent/child component.Beyond ECFE:Back by popular demand!!  Geared toward parents whose children are 5-10 years old who miss the discussions and parent friendships in ECFE.  We'll discuss bus issues, balancing school/homework and after school activities, friendships, working with your child's teacher, understanding challenging behavior, screen time, bullying and more! A typical Just for Parents class includes... Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Child Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for child care.  
  • Birth - 12 months

    I usually snuggle on mom or dad’s lap during class, but lots of other babies explore the toy-filled room. I’m learning to play and share with others. The parents are making friends and learning about how to do a great job raising me. Mom told me it is nice to have “support”. Sometimes I even come to class sleeping but you know what? I always wake up for the bang-bang song. That, and the gigantic, colorful parachute, are my favorite. “Spot” is our class mascot and he pops out of a box and makes me laugh. Last week, my teacher painted my hand and mom put feathers around it to make a turkey. Mom said she’s going to put it in my baby book.Non-separating: Parents stay with babies the entire class.A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes. 
  • Birth - 14 months

    I usually snuggle on mom or dad’s lap during class, but lots of other babies explore the toy-filled room. I’m learning to play and share with others. The parents are making friends and learning about how to do a great job raising me. Mom told me it is nice to have “support”. Sometimes I even come to class sleeping but you know what? I always wake up for the bang-bang song. That, and the gigantic, colorful parachute, are my favorite. “Spot” is our class mascot and he pops out of a box and makes me laugh. Last week, my teacher painted my hand and mom put feathers around it to make a turkey. Mom said she’s going to put it in my baby book.Non-separating: Parents stay with babies the entire class.A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes. 
  • Book Worms

    Does your child love books? We will read and explore several genres of children’s literature as well as learn the art of oral storytelling. Pre-writing,writing and art experiences, exposure to great books and fun with words will help your child continue to build a strong literacy foundation.
  • Growing Up Digital - Speaker Event

    You are the first generation of parents to be challenged with raising children in a digital and screen-consumed age and this digital lifestyle is not going anywhere. How do we ensure that non-digital relationships are always more important? The average 8 to 18-year-old spends 53 hours a week on screens! That is more than a full-time job and probably more time than they spend sleeping. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) encourages parents to help their children develop healthy media use habits early on. We don’t yet understand the full neurological impact of screens on our little learners but we do know young, developing brains are overstimulated by noise and light. We also know that whatever the brain does a lot of, it gets good at, and kids learn best with minds on, hands on and feelings on.We will spend time discussing the latest research, building positive habits, balancing coping skills, creating tech-free zones and times, the 3 C’s (content, context and the child), screen impact on executive functioning skills, choosing apps, and how to avoid using technology to calm kids down. The focus will be on the core ingredients for healthy development in the digital age: relationships and modeling, play and practice, and boundaries and routine. As parents, we must be emotionally available, set clear limits and guidance, ensure our kids get adequate sleep and exercise and model good screen habits.
  • Junior Einsteins

    All curious children are invited to come wonder with us! We will explore our world and how it works. We will delve into STEM, chemistry, physics, and science related to the natural world. Through fun hands on learning, your budding scientist will practice using scientists’ tools, will make careful observations, and conduct experiments.
  • Mixed Ages - Separating

    You know what is cool about this class? My sister comes with me. When mom leaves for her class time, my sissy holds my hand. Some kids come on their own and I think they are so brave. We dance a lot in this class. I love the song “We Are the Dinosaurs”. We stomp around the room till we get really tired and then pretend we are napping. There are kids in this class that are smaller than me and some bigger. I got to bring snack this week. We read a book about a barnyard. I guess the teachers plan something called a “study” because we also sang songs about farm animals and got to play in the mud (kinda smelled like chocolate pudding though). I wish ECFE was every day.Separating: Parent discussion time is held in a separate room. Some younger classes will transition to separating. A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes.
  • Ones

    As those who love us learn about stuff like nutrition, discipline and sleep (yuck), we get to do art, have a healthy snack, and explore the activities and great toys in the classroom. My favorite part of the class is something called circle time. We sing songs, do finger-plays and open the “Knock, knock who’s inside” box. There are sometimes bells, ribbons, or egg shakers inside. We get to make lots of noise. When mom or dad come back from their “talking” time, they tell us all how much they missed us and that they are so proud because we stopped crying when they left. That was mostly because the teacher opened the sensory table and it was so much fun to play in that with one another that we forgot they were gone.Separating: Parent discussion time is held in a separate room. Some younger classes will transition to separating.A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes.
  • Pop In & Play! Open Gym

    Get the wiggles out and meet new friends!Monday Mornings10 - 11 amFREE!Starting November 4th - April 27th**Parents stay, play & supervise their child**Please bring an ID & check in at the front desk. 
  • Super Saturday Costume Party!

    Are you a Princess, Pirate, Beetle, or Poodle, Super Hero, Monster, or Spaghetti Noodle...Join us for a SPOOKTACKULAR good time! SATURDAY, October 26th 201910 am - 11:30 amFREE!!Discovery Center in Maple Plain Wear a favorite costume and join us for games & treats.  Create some art & hear a fun story, or a few!Don't forget a camera for a picture memory, too!  
  • Twos

    In this class, those I love are learning that the 2’s are not terrible but terrific and the 3’s are even better. My art is so good that mom, dad, my nanny or grandma bring it home and hang it up! We even get together with my ECFE friends outside of class. I am getting big. I know that because I hear my parents bragging that I wear big boy underpants. I’m told that I’m going to be in something called kindergarten with the friends I am making. The teachers all know lots about me and ask me about my dog, or tell me how much they like my dress or ask me questions about my favorite color and sport. They are so happy when I arrive at class.Separating: Parent discussion time is held in a separate room.A typical ECFE Class includes… Parent-Child Activity Time: time for families to explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Parent-Child Circle Time: time for parents to help their children with their first experiences in a large group activity at school. ECFE teachers are famous for the fun and creative ways they encourage language, music and your imagination. Parent Discussion Time: time for parents to meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques. Children’s Activity Time: time for children to learn with the licensed early childhood teachers/staff and practice social skills as they interact with each other. Sibling Care: You must pre-register and pre-pay for sibling care for parent-child classes.