Early Learning

Early Learning Response to COVID-19

In response to the on-going pandemic, we have transitioned some of our valuable in-person offerings to an online format for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home. We are continually reviewing and updating our program to continue to meet your needs.

Please check this page for current opportunities. 

Community Education Early Learning Programs, in partnership with South Washington County Schools, offer engaging, enriching and personalized experiences for all of our earliest learners, age birth to five.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) - Unique to Minnesota, Early Childhood Family Education is at the heart of our Early Learning Programs, and is offered only through Public School District Community Education programs like ours. ECFE provides families with early school connection, the parent resources and tools needed to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth, and is available for children birth to age five.

Early Childhood Screening Early Childhood Developmental Screening is a check of a child's development, vision and hearing, growth, health history and immunizations. Screening is recommended when a child is three to four years old, but must be completed before starting kindergarten in a Minnesota public school*. Each screening is free, takes approximately 45 minutes, and a parent or legal guardian stays with the child during the screening process. Screening is conducted at the District Program Center.

*Screening is also required prior to enrolling in our 4 year old preschool programs.

Preschool The Preschool program is for 4 year olds prior to their year starting Kindergarten. The Preschool program is located at most elementary school sites and offers a 5 day per week morning or afternoon option.

The three's preschool program provides various options for families. Families can choose classes with a parent/child day, a child only experience, a 3-5 year old mixed age class or an evening preschool option.

Preschool Activities, Classes and Recreation Offered through Community Education's Youth Enrichment program, preschool activities and classes offer low cost, high quality recreational opportunities for preschool aged children. Examples of such activities include; art, music and dance, drama, and soccer classes. 

Preschool Swimming Lessons - Offered through Community Education's Aquatics program, classes are taught by certified, knowledgeable and caring instructors who can help swimmers at every level feel comfortable in the water and progress to the next level. Although some children may advance more quickly or slowly, our instructors ensure that everyone receives the instruction they need.

In our program, parents or guardians of children up to 5 years of age will actively participate in their kids' swim lessons. This not only helps increase the child's comfort level in the water, but can help parents understand the process and practice skills with their children between classes.

20/21 Preschool Catalog

Early Learning Preschool 2020/21 Catalog

winter spring catalog

ECFE Winter/Spring 2019 Catalog

Helpful Links

Cancellation and Refund Information
Financial Assistance Information

Office Locations

District Program Center
8400 E. Point Douglas Rd. S. 
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Central Park 
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125

Valley Crossing
9900 Park Crossing 
Woodbury, MN 55125


Patty Freeman - District Program Center
ECFE/Preschool Office Coordinator

Brenda Griffin - Central Park and Valley Crossing
ECFE/Preschool Office Coordinator