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Serving Families in Inver Grove Heights & South St. Paul School Districts

Early Childhood Family Education Winter-Spring 2017

Classes offered at two locations! SSP Kid Connections 1541 5th Ave. S. South St. Paul, MN 55075

IGH Early Learning Center 3203 68th St. E. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Online registration begins January 9

(Mail in or drop-off also available) Register now! Registration will continue until classes are full. Registration information can be found on page 20-21.

SESSION BEGINS

JANUARY 30

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651-457-9418 www.IGHSSPearlylearning.tridistrictce.org


WELCOME TO EARLY LEARNING ECFE CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Summer Activities and Safety Fair.................................... 4 Drop-In Play & Gym Time................................................. 5 Especially for Babies..................................................... 6-7 Day Classes................................................................ 8-10 Family Learning.............................................................. 11 Familias Latinas.............................................................. 12 Evening Classes............................................................. 13 Special Events................................................................ 14 Trips, Tours, and Bowling................................................15 SSP & IGH Community Preschool.................................. 16 Early Childhood Screening............................................. 17 General Information................................................... 18-19 Registration Information..................................................20 Class Fee Scale............................................................. 20 Registration Form........................................................... 21 Immunization Form........................................................ 22

In the event of severe weather

A decision to close school or a delayed school opening is made by the SSP superintendent of schools and announced through the website www.sspps.org, Facebook, on WCCO 830 AM radio, KSTP (channel 5) and WCCO (channel 4) television stations. Morning classes are cancelled if there is a delayed opening.

Are You On Our Mailing List? All residents of the district should be listed on the school district census, including: * New babies * All toddlers and preschoolers * New families in the district. CALL 651-457-9418 (SSP) 651-306-7503 (IGH) Having your name on the district census will ensure that you receive information on: * Early Childhood Family Education * Early Childhood Screening * Community Preschool * Kindergarten Registration * Other pertinent District news as your child becomes school age.

ECFE Office:

Kid Connections 1541 Fifth Avenue South, South St. Paul Open Monday-Friday, 8 am - 3:30 pm 651-457-9418 ecfe@sspps.org

ECFE Staff:

Director of Early Learning/ Equity Connie Garling-Squire Early Learning Coordinator-SSP Dawn Rehn Early Learning Coordinator-IGH Lora Lambert Early Learning Secretary Rosie Krumrie Parent Educators Patty Cooper, Jeanne Giles

Visit us at our websites: www.joinECFE.org www.IGHSSPearlylearning.tridistrictce.org

On-Line Registration: www.joinECFE.org

Early Childhood Teachers Jana Beck, Judy Marty, Kate McFate, Angie Haffely, Carol Smith Instructional Assistants Lu Campbell, Denise Cox, Diane Czeck, Monica Duran, Carol LaBore, Guadalupe Mendez-Pliego, Annie O’Brien Early Learning Cultural Liason Teresa Castellanos

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WELCOME TO EARLY LEARNING Registration begins immediately.

See pages 20-21 for registration forms and information.

Programs include: • • • •

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Early Childhood Screening Inver Grove Heights Community Preschool South St. Paul Community Preschool You are your child’s first, most significant teacher! Check out our programs to support you.

ECFE is . . .

• for all families in the Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul School Districts with children from birth up to kindergarten. • a fun, informal place to meet, learn and play with other children and parents. • creative play and learning activities for all families. • here to provide the best possible start for children and for you.

Program Goal

The goal of ECFE is to strengthen families through education and support for all caregivers. We strive to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of your children through research-based instructional/learning strategies. Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher and ECFE staff are here to support you. All families are welcome and invited to attend!

Why begin at birth?

Brain research confirms that the first three years are critical in a child’s development, especially in the area of language, social and thinking skills. Research shows that when parents are involved in children’s education the benefits include:

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Online Registration will receive a class confirmation email. There is no confirmation for mail-in and drop-off registration. However ECFE will contact you by phone if a class is full or if there are changes. What are ECFE classes like? Separating Classes include: Parent-Child Time … begin with activities and playtime together appropriate to the age of the child. Parent Discussion … meet with other parents and a licensed parent educator to share, learn and gain support on parenting, child development, discipline and current issues. Children … participate independently and learn through guided play; individual, small and large group, including snack time, stories and songs to promote growth in all areas!

Non-Separating Classes Parents and children play, explore and learn together. ECFE rooms are designed with learning centers so that children learn through interaction with their environment and you.

Higher test scores and grades Higher post-secondary enrollment Fewer behavioral concerns Fewer placements in special education

Proud of our staff ...

All ECFE teachers have as a minimum a four-year college degree and have fulfilled the Minnesota teaching licensing requirements in Parent Education and/or Early Childhood Education. Our educators are all experienced, nurturing teachers.

For registration and information call 651-457-9418

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Inver Grove Heights - South St. Paul

27th Annual

s e i t i v i t c A r e m m u S & ir a F y t e f Sa Thursday, April 6 5:30-7:30 pm

Veterans Memorial Community Center National Guard Armory Building 8055 Babara Avenue Inver Grove Heights Activities and information for parents and children, ages birth through elementary school age. All family members are invited. Fun activities and places to go this summer! Many hands-on activites and safety tips are available, plus talk with experts from more than 70 agencies and organizations.

For more information, call ECFE at 651-457-9418 The Summer Activities & Safety Fair is offered FREE to the public as a community service by the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program of Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul and by the many agencies represented.


DROP-IN PLAY & GYM TIME Just Drop-In; No Registration Necessary

SSP Kid Connections - Day

SSP Lincoln Center Gym 3 - Evening Ages birth to kindergarten

Tuesday Drop-In - Ages birth to kindergarten

12-2 pm Jan. 31 Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Wednesday Gym Time

Friday Drop-In - Ages birth to kindergarten

12-2 pm Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 March 3, 24, 31 April 7, 21

Baby & Me Drop-In - Ages birth to 15 months

FREE!

Thursdays, 10:15-11:15 am Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18, 25 June 1

Little Tots Drop-In - Ages 12 to 30 months Tuesdays, 9-10 am

FREE!

Jan. 31 Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 9-11 am Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 March 3, 24, 31 April 7, 21 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2

6-7:30 pm Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 23, 30 April 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18

Gym Time FREE on Feb. 1 and 2

Drop-In Play & Gym Time Information Baby & Me Drop-In - FREE Little Tots Drop-In - FREE All others $3 per family per time. Families from Inver Grove Hts. and South St. Paul are welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is reached. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their children. No strollers please! Come anytime during the first hour; leave when you need to. IMPORTANT! Please fill out the ECFE Immunization Record on page 22 and bring it to the first Drop-In Play or Gym Time you attend.

Friday Drop-In - Ages birth to kindergarten

Lincoln Center - Use Door 4 (north parking lot). Doors locked after 7 pm

Thursday Gym Time

IGH Early Learning Center - Day

6-7:30 pm Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17

Licensed teachers are available to share parenting tips, child development, community resource information, and answer questions.Child care providers, see page 18. Please no snacks allowed in the gym.

Drop-In Play and Gym Time Cards!

Drop-In Play and Gym Time cards are available for purchase, which can be used at any drop-in play or gym time for the 2016-2017 school year! The cards are $15 for six times - pay for five and the sixth is free! Cards are currently available in the office and will also be available for purchase onsite. Please bring exact amount. For registration and information call 651-457-9418

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ESPECIALLY FOR BABIES BABY CLASSES ARE

FREE!

All babies and families are welcome. The staff looks forward to meeting you and your family! The first year is filled with lots of questions, incredible discoveries and first experiences. Share joys, concerns and gain parenting tips in your new role. Find out how to stimulate your baby’s brain and development! Listen to a story, sing songs and have fun together.

Join anytime during the session. Register online or call the Early Learning office to check class availability.

FREE!

Baby & Me - Morning Class - Non-separating Class

Baby & Me - Evening Class - Non-separating Class

Ages birth to 12 months.

Ages birth to 12 months.

8000 - Baby & Me - Morning

8001 - Baby & Me - Evening

Tuesdays, Jan. 31-May 30 17 weeks 10:15-11:15 am Sibling Care available. IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 14) 6

FREE!

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Tuesday, Jan. 31-May 30 6:15-7:15 pm IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 14)

17 weeks


BABIES & TODDLERS Baby & Me Drop-In- Non-separating Class Ages birth to 15 months.

FREE!

Learning is happening all the time with your baby! Explore the classroom with space and toys designed for this age. Share with other parents and a parent educator and learn about baby milestones, play ideas and community resources. No registration necessary.

Baby & Me Drop-In - Morning

Thursdays, Feb. 2-June 1 17 weeks 10:15-11:15 am IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 16)

Little Tots Drop-In - Non-separating Class Ages 12-30 months.

FREE!

Toddlers are very busy exploring the world around them. Come and join our drop-in play time where we will create, explore, climb, slide and discover fun new ways to play! This class requires no registration; come when you can and meet other parents with wonderful toddlers! A parent educator will be available to answer questions about your child’s development.

Little Tots Drop-In - Morning Tuesday, Jan. 31-May 30 9-10 am IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 14)

17 weeks

Rock, Rattle and Rhyme with the FREE! South St. Paul Library - Non-separating Class Ages birth to 36 months.

Enjoy rhymes, songs, sign language, books and play time to learn early literacy and socialization skills. No registration necessary; come when you can during the class time. ECFE staff will be available to weigh your baby and provide different developmental information each week! Held at SSP Library, 106 3rd Ave N.

8105 - Rock, Rattle and Rhyme - Evening

Mondays, Jan. 30-May 8 13 weeks 6:15-7 pm (No class Feb. 20, March 13)

8105 - Rock, Rattle, and Rhyme - Afternoon Wednesdays, Feb. 1-May 10 3:30-4:15 p.m. (No class March 15)

14 weeks

Home Visits Home Visits for all families during pregnancy, infant adoption or that important first year of life! Free home visits to help you prepare for your new baby and/or help when the baby arrives. Visits may begin during pregnancy or soon after the baby’s birth. You will receive a welcome package, baby weight check, and information on bonding, feeding, sleep habits, infant cues, general baby care/development, community resources and your concerns. For information or to schedule a visit, call 651-457-9418.

All Morning + Evening Baby Classes are FREE! For registration and information call 651-457-9418

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PARENT-CHILD DAY CLASSES

Tiny Tots - Non-separating Class

Young Toddlers - Gradual Separating Class

Your one-year old is busy, curious and ready to play! Enjoy playing with your little one in a safe enviroment designed for exploring and lots of movement! Important social and emotional skills are developing during this time. Learn the hows and whys of this stage. Parents and children do not separate in this class.

Young toddlers are full of energy, independence and curiosity! Join us in activities designed for self-discovery, developing confidence in talking, self-help skills and a variety of sensory experiences. In the first few weeks, parents and children will remain together in the classroom and will gradually separate for longer periods of time as children become more comfortable.

Ages 12-24 months.

8002 - Tiny Tots - Morning Thursdays, Feb. 2-June 1 9-10 am IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 16)

17 weeks

Ages 16-28 months.

8003 - Young Toddlers - Morning

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-May 31 17 weeks 9 a.m.-10:30 am IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 15)

Young Toddlers Plus - Separating Class Ages 20-34 months.

The PLUS in this class is for children who are ready for a longer separation. You and your child will spend a special playtime together filled with activities designed by an early childhood teacher specifically for this age. This class will include a parent discussion time focused on your child’s development and parenting needs.

8004 - Young Toddlers Plus - Morning Mondays, Jan. 30 -May 22 9-11 am IGH Early Learning Center (No class Feb. 20, March 13)

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Class fee, additional child and sibling care information on page 20. www.joinECFE.org


PARENT-CHILD DAY CLASSES Terrific Twos and Threes - Separating Class

Mixed Ages - Separating Class

Children learn through hands-on and movement activities especially in this curious, busy and on-the-go age. Explore, create and delight in the new discoveries in the child’s classroom. Meet your need to find out more about two and three-year old development stages and how to better respond to everyday challenges with your child.

One child or more, learn together in our mixed ages class! A variety of hands-on learning opportunities promote growth in social skills, language and literacy and problem solving with peers. After separating, relax and focus on discussions around your child/ren’s development.

8005 - Terrific Twos and Threes

8006 - Mixed Ages - Morning

Child must be two by September 1, 2016.

Ages 20 months to kindergarten enrollment

Tuesday Morning, Jan. 31-May 30 9-11 am SSP Kid Connections (No class March 14)

17 weeks

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-May 31 9-11 am SSP Kid Connections (No class March 15)

Wednesday Afternoon, Feb. 1-May 31 12-2 pm SSP Kid Connections (No class March 15)

17 weeks

8006 - Mixed Ages - Afternoon

Thursday Morning, Feb. 2-June 1 9-11 am SSP Kid Connections (No class March 16)

17 weeks

17 weeks

Mondays, Jan. 30-May 22 12-2 pm IGH Early Learning Center (No class Feb. 20, March 13)

15 weeks

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-May 31 12-2 pm IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 15)

17 weeks

Thursdays, Feb. 2-June 1 12-2 pm SSP Kid Connections (No class March 16)

17 weeks

Class fee, additional child and sibling care information on page 20.

For registration and information call 651-457-9418

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PARENT-CHILD DAY CLASSES

Parents and Preschoolers - Separating Class

Book Time Fun - Non-separating Class

Designed for children to gain social and school readiness skills. A great option for families wanting to be involved in this time of rapid child development and gain ideas for guidance and direction.This fun filled class promotes self-help skills, early literacy, arts, science and math as well as music, fine motor practice and large motor experiences for growing a healthy mind and body.

Reading to young children is the best way to build early literacy skills and success in school. Children will have fun and engage in books, songs and special activities that promote pre-reading development. The classroom offers many interesting centers to explore and the large muscle room is used for active play. This class ends with a lively circle time where many traditional and new songs are enjoyed which complement the books.

Child must be 3 by September 1, 2016.

8008 - Parents and Preschoolers - Morning Mondays, Jan. 30-May 22 15 weeks 9-11 am SSP Kid Connections (No class Feb. 20, March 13)

Parent and child, ages 2 to kindergarten enrollment.

8007 - Book Time Fun - Morning Fridays, Feb. 3-June 2 14 weeks 9-10:30 am SSP Kid Connections (No class March 10, 17, April 14, 28) No Sibling care available.

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FAMILY LEARNING Family Learning - Separating Class

Family Learning is an educational program for parents and their children, ages birth to five. Learning for the whole family!

Family Learning includes: Adult Basic Education • Build your skills in reading, math and writing. • Improve your English speaking and writing skills. Parent Education • Hands-on learning through fun activities together. • Gain ways to support your child’s learning. • Focus on parenting strategies with other parents. Children • Explore and participate in readiness activities, stories, songs, snack time and large muscle games and activities! • Nurturing sibling care available for children birth to 18 months (limited space available).

8014-Family Learning

Tuesday and Thursdays January 31-June 1 (No class: March 14, 16) Attendance both days is required. 12-3 pm IGH Early Learning Center 3203 68th St. E., Inver Grove Heights Family Learning serves families from school districts #6, #197 and #199. For more information or to register call 651-457-9441 or 651-457-9418.

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FAMILIAS LATINAS Para inscribirse o para más información llame al 651-306-3644. Clases Para Las Familias Latinas Educación temprana para sus hijos de cero a 5 años de edad. Experiencias positivas que influyen en el desarrollo de los niños donde aprenden habilidades sociales/emocionales, desarrollo del lenguaje y matemáticas. El aprendizaje es a través del juego, leyendo, cantando y divirtiéndose.

Comienzos Sanos

¿Embarazada? ¿Un bebé recien nacido? Queremos darle la bienvenida a usted y su bebé al distrito escolar #6 y #199! Las visitas de bienvenida se pueden hacer en casa o en nuestro centro de educación infantil para: • • • • •

Prepararse para su bebé Consejos e información sobre el desarrollo del embarazo y cuidado del bebé Supervisión del peso del bebé Contestar sus preguntas en general Recibir una bolsa de regalos de bienvenida

En esta clase los Padres de Familia aprenden como construir un mejor futuro para sus hijos y como involucrarse más su educación. También obtienen información sobre áreas de Desarrollo infantil, Relaciones entre Padres e Hijos, Desarrollo Familiar, la Cultura y Recursos de la Comunidad e inglés cotidiano. 8015-Lunes: De 12-2 pm En Kid Connections 1541 5th Avenue South, South Saint Paul Lunes, Enero 30 - Mayo 22 (No clases Febrero 20, Marzo 13)

La Evaluación del Desarollo del Niño: • •

Registrese en su distrito escolar Todos los residentes del distrito escolar deben registrarse incluyendo: • Bebés recién nacidos y niños en edad preescolar • Nuevas familias en el distrito • Tener su nombre registrado en el distrito escolar asegura que `usted reciba información sobre: • Programas de ECFE • Evaluación del desarrollo infantil • Preescolar de la comunidad • Inscripción para Kínder y más

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La evaluación se realiza entre los 3 ½ y 4 años de edad, antes de entrar al Kínder. Son gratis y se ofrece una variedad de horarios para las citas. La evaluación consiste en los siguientes exámenes: - Oído - Vista - Comunicación y lenguaje - Desarrollo social y emocional - Habilidad motriz - Registro de Inmunizaciones Recibirá información de: - Desarrollo de su hijo(a) - Cómo prepararlo para el Kínder - Recursos para la escuela y para los padres


PARENT-CHILD EVENING CLASSES 2-Week Classes A Date with Dad!

Tiny Tots - Non-separating Class Ages 12-24 months.

Your one-year old is busy, curious and ready to play! Enjoy playing with your little one in a safe environment designed for exploring and lots of movement! Important social and emotional skills are developing during this time. Learn the hows and whys of this stage. Parents and children do not separate in this class.

8012 - Tiny Tots Tuesdays, Jan. 31-May 30 5-6 pm IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 14)

17 weeks

Rhythm, Rhyme, Music and More! Non-separating Class Ages 20 months to kindergarten enrollment.

Early experiences with music, rhythm and rhyme strengthen language and reading success! Join us for music, music, music! Playing instruments, moving to the beat and using props to sing and listen. Familiar and new music included.

8009 - Music and More Tuesdays, Jan. 31-May 30 6-7:30 pm IGH Early Learning Center (No class March 14)

15 weeks

Book Time Fun - Evening - Non-separating Class Ages 2 to kindergarten enrollment.

Reading to young children is the best way to build early literacy skills. Children will have fun and engage in books, songs and special activities that promote pre-reading development. The classroom offers many interesting centers to explore and large muscle room is used for active play. This class ends with a lively circle time where many traditional and new songs are enjoyed which complement the books.

8011 - Book Time Fun Thursdays, Feb. 2-June 1 6-7:30 pm SSP Kid Connections (No class March 16, April 6)

For dads and their children, ages 20 months to kindergarten enrollment.

Spend some quality time with your little one exploring the classroom with activities like building blocks and making creative structures, sandbox play (dry and wet) and getting messy while painting. It’s a date! And it’s what’s special about being a DAD. Choose one 2 week class or any combination. 8112-A Date With Dad Wednesday, February 1 & 8 March 1 & 8 April 12 & 19 May 10 & 17 6-7:30 pm $8 per family per two-week class IGH Early Learning Center

Aren't Grandparents Grand?

For grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 20 months to kindergarten enrollment.

The fun of being a grandparent is spending time together and making memories. Use this time together to create, paint at the easel, make a special gift for the family, and climb, slide and smile in the muscle room. Unique books to read and engage the children. 8113-Aren’t Grandparents Grand Wednesday, February 15 & 22 March 22 & 29 April 26 May 3, 24, 31 6-7:30 pm $8 per family per two-week class IGH Early Learning Center Call the ECFE office at 651-457-9418 or register online at www.joinECFE.org

16 weeks

Class fee and additional child information on page 20.

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SPECIALS Registration required for all special events listed below

Valentine Fun

Garden Time!

You and your child will have an opportunity to create a special valentine decoration and make and take beautiful valentines for your family and friends. We will explore hearts and other shapes too. There will also be time to read, sing, and play.

Come and join us for a fun night making your very own gardenstone (one parent per child). We will mix up the cement, then your child can make a hand print; next decorate with different stones and trinkets. Your garden stone will be ready to take home the next week!

8102 – Valentine Fun Mondays, February 6 & 13 6-7:30 pm

Week two, grow a special plant to place in your garden or by your garden stone. Come prepared to engage in messy activities!

Ages 2 ½ to kindergarten enrollment

$8 per child IGH Early Learning Center

Rhyme Time

Ages 2 ½ to kindergarten enrollment

Rhyming helps support early literacy skills. Join us for learning fun with some of your favorite nursery rhyme characters. You and your child will learn nursery rhymes, make take home projects, explore learning centers, and play a game or two. 8101 – Rhyme Time Mondays, March 20 & 27 6-7:30 pm

$8 per child IGH Early Learning Center

STEM for Young Learners Ages 2 ½ to kindergarten enrollment.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Engage in activities that encourage you and your child to playfully explore, predict, question, and observe. Participate in STEM related learning experiences as well as art, music, play, and a story each evening. 8111 – STEM for Young Learners Mondays, April 24 & May 1 $8 per child 6-7:30 pm IGH Early Learning Center 14

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Ages 2 years to kindergarten enrollment.

8112 - Garden Time Wednesday, May 24 & 31 6-7:30 pm

$8 per child IGH Early Learning Center

Thursday, May 25 & June 1 6-7:30 pm

$8 per child IGH Early Learning Center

AlphaBits Concert – FREE This fun duo is back to help celebrate the end of the school year in ECFE and Preschool. Kids young and old love singing and dancing to familiar children’s songs with a fun twist. Come join us for a hand clapping and feet stomping good time. 8107 - The AlphaBits Concert Wednesday, May 31 6:30-7:15 pm Central Square Amphitheater 100 7th Avenue North, South St. Paul In case of rain, the SSP High School Commons will be used! Sponsored by the Early Learning Advisory Council fundraiser.


TRIPS, TOURS & BOWLING Bumper Bowling

Ages up to 7 are welcome. Bumper bowling at Concord Lanes offers us ball ramps, bumpers, light weight bowling balls and automatic scoring to ensure the young bowlers get the experience of the watching the pins fall. Sign up for one or both! 8100 – Bumper Bowling Thursday, March 9 and/or Friday, April 28 $2 per child per time includes bowling shoes 10:30-11:30 am Concord Lanes (Mattie’s) 365 North Concord Exchange, SSP

Gertens Greenhouse Tour – FREE Come tour your local greenhouse to learn just how plants are bought to life for spring! The tour will be held rain for shine. Registration is required. 8104 – Gertens Greenhouse Tour Friday, March 10 10:30 – 11:15 am Meet by the front doors at Gertens Greenhouse 5500 Blaine Avenue, IGH

South Metro Fire Department Tour – FREE Come meet the firefighters and see the big red fire truck and other equipment that helps them keep us safe! Registration is required. 8103 – South Metro Fire Department Tour Tuesday, April 25 6:30-7:15 pm Meet at the Fire Station, 310 Marie Ave. SSP

DISTRICT CENSUS New Baby? Moving?

A Trip to Como Zoo Let’s take a bus to Como Zoo! Como Zoo is free; however voluntary donations are welcomed to help take care of all the animals. Bring a picnic lunch to dine in the beautiful park across from the zoo. Dress for the weather as we go rain or shine. 8109- Como Zoo Tuesday, May 16 Bus Leaves Kid Connections Parking Lot at 11 am Bus returns at approximately at 2 pm Registration required. Limited seating on the bus. Sponsored by the Early Learning Advisory Council fundraiser

All residents of the district should be listed on the school district census, including: * New babies * All toddlers and preschoolers * New families in the district. CALL 651-457-9418 (SSP) 651-306-7503 (IGH) Having your name on the district census will ensure that you receive information on: * Early Childhood Family Education * Early Childhood Screening * Community Preschool * Kindergarten Registration * Other pertinent District news as your child becomes school age.

For registration and information call 651-457-9418

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COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL

SOUTH ST. PAUL & INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

Get Ready for Kindergarten ... at Preschool! For children age 3, 4 or 5 by September 1, 2016

Parent

Rated Program Highest Possible Rating

Community Preschools are Four Star Rated!

Due to our excellent staff and their trainings, the Minnesota Dept. of Education has designated all our sites high quality early education programs! Check us out!

Threes Preschool • Learn to share/take turns and take direction • Encourage speaking and sharing ideas • Separate from family and learn school routines • Expand attention span • Stimulate brain development by moving and hands-on experiences • Work on name writing, letters, numbers, colors, shapes and rhymes Fours Preschool (in addition to skills listed above) • Targeting specific Kindergarten readiness skills: letter names, sounds, writing, and number know-how • Learn problem-solving techniques • Work with MN Reading Corps protocol to meet Kindergarten aligned targets for success We support children in developing a lifelong love of learning and to promote exploration, creativity and inquiry. We partner with families to encourage the development of the whole child.

South St. Paul offers preschool classes at: Kaposia Education Center 1225 First Ave. So. Lincoln Center 357 9th Ave. No. For information and to register, call 651-457-9418. www.ssppreschool.tridistrictce.org

PRESCHOOL Inver Grove Heights offers preschool classes at: IGH Early Learning Center 3203 68th St. E. Salem Hills Elementary 5899 Babcock Trail E. Hilltop Elementary 3201 68th St. E. For information and to register, call 651-306-7503. www.ighpreschool.tridistrictce.org

For information on scholarships for preschool and other funding for the 2016-2017 school year call SSP 651-306-3642 IGH 651-306-7861 Our staff partner with Minnesota Reading Corps and are trained in the SEEDS of early literacy. The goal of the Minnesota Reading Corps is to help every child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. Research has shown this starts even earlier than preschool! To expand your child’s development, each classroom will implement strategies from Reading Corps in large and small groups. Some classroom will also have Reading Corps members to work with students. All classrooms will have a literacy rich environment and schedule to promote skill building and active learning. 16

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EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING Ready for school success? Make Your Early Childhood Screening Appointment We screen children at 3 1/2 years of age. What is screening?

It is a snapshot of your child’s growth and development and can identify any health or learning concerns so your child will be ready for school success. Children attending school in Minnesota must have a record of completion. During screening we will check vision, hearing, cognitive and motor skills, speech and language, social/emotional development, and an immunization review. Goals: • Find out how your child is growing and developing • Answer parent questions and address concerns • Connect families with resources In order to screen children at an age when we can provide service to your family, it is critical for you to make an appointment and attend. Missed or cancelled appointments make it difficult to get all children screened at the appropriate age. Thank you for your commitment to your appointment time. To make this free appointment it is best to call when your child is about three years four months.

Early Learning Center 3203 68th St. E. IGH, 55076 651-306-7520

Lincoln Center 357 9th Ave. N SSP, 55075 651-306-3623 Room B03A (lower level)

If your child has been screened in another district or at Head Start, a copy of screening results is required for kindergarten registration. Screening is a vital piece to kindergarten success and is required for kindergarten entrance. Please call if your child was screened elsewhere. Thank you.

There are several programs available to help children who are showing delays in understanding concepts, speech and language, motor development, vision or hearing and social skills. Your child may be eligible for a developmental assessment and services designed to help him/her grow. For information call your school district’s program. Ages Birth-to-Three IGH 651-306-7575 SSP 651-306-3682 Ages 3 to 6 years IGH 651-306-7313 SSP 651-457-9497 17


GENERAL INFORMATION ECFE Classes:

• Grandparents are always welcome to visit in class. • Dress for messy play and activities. • Be sure child’s name is on all items.

School District Resident Priority: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights school district families.

Sibling Care:

• All babies must be registered: infants under eight weeks old may remain with parent. If you will need sibling care during the session, you must reserve a spot with your registration. • Please bring along a blanket or any other “comfort” item your child uses at home. • Make sure your children in sibling care are fed and dry before separating. If necessary, we will call you. • Registration and payment are made at the same time you register for class. • If we are unable to provide care for your child, you will be notified by phone before the session begins. • Sibling care is offered on a limited basis. • If you need to bring an extra child to class or sibling care, this must be approved by calling the ECFE office at 651-457-9418. (This is for the safety of the children in class and to assure that we have correct ratios for our staffing.) There is a fee of $6 per child per time for the extra child and this is payable to ECFE office or to the classroom teacher.

Drop-In Play and Gym Time Cards! Drop-In Play and Gym Time cards are available for purchase, which can be used at any drop-in play and gym time for the 2016-2017 school year! The cards are $15 for six times - pay for five and the sixth is free! Please bring exact amount. Cards are currently available in the office and a few will be available for purchase onsite.

Child Care Providers: Full-time child care providers may attend with their child and enroll one other child in class, if space is available. If the class has full enrollment, a parent attending with their child will be given priority for registration.

Immunizations: Minnesota law requires that all children be immunized before entering school. Please complete and submit an up-to-date immuninzation record to ECFE before your child attends class or sibling care.

The ECFE program is brought to you by the school districts of Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul.

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GENERAL INFORMATION School Phone Numbers (651) ECFE Office.................................................. 457-9418 Community Education information................ 306-3631 Community Preschool-SSP........................... 457-9418 Community Preschool-IGH............................306-7503 Early Childhood Screening-SSP.................... 306-3623 Early Childhood Screening-IGH.................... 306-7520 School Readiness-SSP................................. 306-3642 School Readiness-IGH.................................. 306-7861 Adult Basic Education................................... 457-9441 Kids’ Choice Preschool Care-SSP................. 306-3631 Spartan Kids’ Preschool Care-IGH................306-7502 IGH Birth-to-Three Early Intervention............ 306-7575 SSP Birth-to-Three Early Intervention........... 306-3682 SSP Early Intervention (3-6 years)................ 457-9497 IGH Early Intervention (3-6 years).................306-7313 Facilities requests-SSP..................................306-3632 Facilities requests-IGH.................................. 306-7870 IGH School District 199 information.............. 306-7800 SSP School District 6 information................. 457-9465 City Phone Numbers SSP - Parks & Recreation............................. 366-6200 IGH - Parks & Recreation............................. 450-2585

“I Can” Statements Curriculum

Early Learning Advisory Council They are awesome!

Our early learning programs use a variety of resources to develop and implement curriculum. Staff have developed “I Can” statements for children from birth to kindergarten, aligned with state standards and school district benchmarks to provide all children with school readiness skills. The “I Can” statements have been adapted from the MN Department of Education’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress for the following age groups: birth to 18 months, 18 to 36 months, three-year-olds and four-year-olds. Staff are looking forward to sharing “I Can” information with you this year.

The Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) includes participating Early Learning/ECFE parents from IGH and SSP, staff and community members. You are invited to participate and we welcome you! We understand that early childhood years are very busy so we appreciate any commitment you can provide to our programs. If you would like more information, please email ELAC at sspecfe.org. ELAC supports Early Learning in a variety of ways: assisting in program planning, fundraising, sponsoring family events such as field trips and concerts, outreach to the community and fostering an awareness of our programs. A big thank you to each present and past member for their continued support and involvement.

ECFE office - 651-457-9418 www.joinECFE.org

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION Class Cancellation/Refunds/ Full Enrollment

To register on-line:

Beginning Monday, January 9, on-line registration is available only when using a MasterCard, Discover or Visa credit card at www.joinecfe.org. Bring a completed Immunization record to class or fax to our office.

• The program reserves the right to cancel classes or sibling care due to low enrollment; your fee will be refunded and you will be notified by phone. • If you cancel a registration before class begins, a full refund will be made, less an $10 handling fee. • If enrollment in your class choice is full and we are unable to fit you into another class, a full refund will be made. • No refunds are given after the first class is held. • Fees for cancelled days due to district closing, staff professional days or emergencies are not refunded.

To register by mail or in person:

Send or bring completed registration form (page 21) with your child’s immunization record (page 22) and payment to: ECFE Office, Kid Connections, 1541 5th Ave. So., South St. Paul, MN 55075.

ECFE Office Hours: 1541 Fifth Avenue S., SSP Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Phone: 651-457-9418 FAX: 651-306-3640

Fees

• Payment options - you may pay with a personal check, cash or with a MasterCard, Discover or VISA credit card. • The class fee scale below applies to ECFE sessions. Fees for other programs, activities and sibling care are listed at the end of each class description. • No one will be denied participation due to inability to pay - all families are welcome! Use the Class Fee Scale below to determine your class fee for one child in one class for a 14 to 17 week class.

BABY CLASSES = FREE 2016-2017 Class Fee Scale Household Size

Total Yearly Household Income

2

Up to $20,709

$20,710 - $29,471

$27,472 - $38,233

$38,234 and up

3

Up to $26,117

$26,118 - $37,167

$37,168 - $48,217

$48,218 and up

4

Up to $31,525

$31,526 - $44,863

$44,864 - $58,201

$58,202 and up

5

Up to $36,933

$36,934 - $52,559

$52,560 - $68,185

$68,186 and up

6

Up to $42,341

$42,342 - $60,255

$60,256 - $78,169

$78,170 and up

7

Up to $47,749

$47,750 - $67,951

$67,952 - $88,153

$88,154 and up

8

Up to $53,157

$53,158 - $75,647

$75,648 - $98,137

$98,138 and up

ECFE Class Tuition

Free

80% Discount

50% Discount

Full Pay

1 hour

$0

$25

$63

$126

1.5 hours

$0

$35

$87

$174

2 hours or more

$0

$46

$116

$232

$9

$22

$45

Sibling Care (per child) or Additional Child in Same Class

20

1 hour

$0

1.5 hours

$0

$11

$26

$53

2 hours or more

$0

$14

$34

$68

www.joinECFE.org


REGISTRATION FORM Please Print Date _______________ Imprima Fecha Parent/Guardian’s Name _____________________________ Parent/Guardian’s Name ________________________________ nombre del padre/tutor nombre del padre/tutor First Last First Last Nombre de pila

Nombre de pila

apellido

apellido

Home Address ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Apt. # City/Zip Parent Attending Padres asistiendo Ciudad/ Código postal Mother Madre Padre Home Phone _____________________________ Cell Phone ______________________ Father Teléfono (Casa) (Cel) Other___________ E-mail address ____________________________

Calle y número (incluya el número del apartamento) Street

Origen Étnico Esta información se usa para reportar la composición étnica para propósitos administrativos y para la Oficina de Derechos Cívicos. Será tratada de acuerdo a Federal Data Privacy Act de 1974 y de la Ley de Privacidad del Estado de Minnesota. Es estudiante Hispano/Latino? ___Si ___No

Ethnic Ethnic Information is used for reporting ethnic composition for administrative and Office of Civil Rights purposes. It will be treated in accordance with the Federal Data Privacy Act of 1974 and State of Minnesota Prvacy Law. Is the student Hispanic/Latino? _____Yes _____No Regardless of your answer above, please continue to answer by checking one or more boxes to indicate this student’s race:

Además de su respuesta anterior, por favor continúe checando lo siguiente para indicar la raza del estudiante: ___Indo Americano/Nativo Alaska ___Asiático ___Negro/Africano Americano ___Hawaiano/Islas Pacífico ___Blanco

___ American Indian/Alaska Native ___ Asian ___ Black/African American ___ Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander ___ White

Class #

Class or Event

Número de clase

Clase o acontecimiento

Site

Day

Time

Hora

Dia

Sitio

Fee Cuota $

Child’s Name

Gender

Nombre del niño/a

Género

Birthdate

Fecha de Nacimiento

$ $ Sibling Care (Available only when indicated in description)

El cuidado de hermanos (Disponible sólo cuando se indica en la descripción)

$

Sibling Care-Child’s Name

Nombre del niño/a

Gender

Género

Birthdate

Fecha de Nacimiento

Class:

Clase:

$

Solicitud de beca. Yo puedo pagar

Tuition support request. I am able to pay $ ___________ I would like to donate the fee for another family $ ___________ Me gustaría donar el pago par otra familia

Total Due $ ___________ Total a pagar

~ Method of Payment ~ Forma de pago Cash Efectivo Check or money order enclosed, payable to: Special School District 6

Cheque o giro postal adjunto, a nombre de: Special School District 6

Credit Card:

Tarjeta de crédito:

Visa

Mastercard

Discover

Credit Card # _______________________________________________ Número de Tarjeta de crédito

Expiration Date_______________________ Amount $_______________ Fecha de caducidad

Cantidad

Signature __________________________________________________

Return Completed Registration Form and Immunization Record with payment to:

Entregue formulario de inscripción, registro de vacunas y pago a:

ECFE Office Kid Connections 1541 Fifth Avenue South South St. Paul, MN 55075 ECFE Office Use: TCE

Immunizations

Session __________________________

Firma

Class fee scale found on page 20. Escala de pago en la p.20

For registration and information call 651-457-9418 Para registrarse eFor información llame aland 651-457-9418 registration information call 651-457-9418

Online registration available at www.joinecfe.org

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Early Childhood Immunization Form

Must be on file before a child attends any early childhood programs*

Name ____________________________________ Birthdate __________________________________ Date of Enrollment __________________________ Minnesota law requires children enrolled in early education programs to be immunized against certain diseases or file a legal medical or conscientious exemption.

*Early childhood programs are defined as programs that provide instructional or other services to support children’s learning and development and: • Serve children form birth to kindergarten • Meet at least once a week for at least six weeks or more during the year. This includes but no limited to Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), School Readiness programs, and other public and private preschool and pre-kindergarten programs.

Parent/Guardian: You may attach a copy of the child’s immunization history to this form OR enter the MONTH, DAY and YEAR for all vaccines your child received. Enter MED to inidate vaccines that are medically contraindicated including a history or disease, or laboratory evidence of immunity and CO for vaccines that are contrary to parent or guardian’s conscientiously held beliefs. Sign or obtain appropriate signatures on reverse. Complete section 1A or 1B to certify immunization status and sections 2A to document medical exemptions (including a history of varicella disease) and 2B to document a conscientious exemption. Additionally, if a parent or guardian would like to give permission to the early education program to share their child’s immunization record with Minnesota’s immunization information system, they may sign section 3 (optional).

For updated copies of your child’s immunization history, talk to your doctor or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) at 651-201-5503 or 800-657-3970. Type of Vaccine

DO NOT USE (✓) or (x)

1st Dose Mo/Day/Yr

2nd Dose Mo/Day/Yr

3rd Dose Mo/Day/Yr

4th Dose Mo/Day/Yr

5th Dose Mo/Day/Yr

Required (The shaded boxes indicate doses that are not routinely given; however, if your child has received them, please write the date in the shaded box.) Diphtheria, Tetanus and Perussis (DTaP, DTP) • 3 doses during 1st year (at 2-month intervals) • 4th dose at 12-18 months • 5th dose at 4-6 years indicate vaccine type: DTaP or DTP

5th dose not required if 4th dose was given on or after the 4th birthday

Polio (IPV, OPV)

• 2 doses in the first year • 3rd dose by 18 months • 4th dose at 4-6 years

4th dose not required if 3rd dose wasi given on or after the 4th birthday

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

• Requied for children 15 months and older • 1st dose on or after 1st birthday • 2nd dose at 4-6 years

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

• 2-3 doses in the first year • 1 dose required after 12 months or older • For unvaccinated children 15-59 months, 1 dose is required • Not required for children 5 years or older

Varicella (Chickenpox)

• Required for children 15 months or older • 1st dose on or after 1st birthday • 2nd dose at 4-6 years

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

• Required for children age 2-24 months • 3 doses in the first year • 4th dose after 12 months • At least 1 dose is recommended for children age 24-59 months in child care

Hepatitis B (hep B)

• 2-3 doses in the first year • 3rd dose (final dose) by 18 months

Hepatitus A (hep A)

• 2 doses separated by 6 months for children 12 months and older

Recommended Rotavirus (2-3 doses between 2 and 6 months) Influenza (annually for children 6 months or older) Developed by the Minnesota Department of Health - Immunization Program

www.health.state.mn.us/immunize

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NORTHERN DAKOTA COUNTY

TRIDISTRICT

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Serving Residents of the South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School Districts

Community Education offers programs and services for all ages, including: • Early Childhood Family Education • Community Preschool • Early Childhood Screening • School Readiness • School-Age Care • Youth Enrichment • Adult Enrichment • Adult Basic Education • Older Adult Programs

Inver Grove Heights: 651-306-7870 South St. Paul: 651-306-3631 West St. Paul: 651-403-8313

Visit www.tridistrictce.org for more information or tridistrict.thatscommunityed.com to register

651-457-9441 It is never too late to learn! Free classes with South Suburban Adult Basic Education • • • • • •

English Language Learning General Educational Development (GED) preparation College Readiness Work focused English & job skills Reading, Writing and Math skill building Family Learning (see page 11 for more information) South Suburban Adult Basic Education is provided by the Community Education Department through District 6, 197 and 199.


Nonprofit organization US postage Paid TWIN CITIES, MN PERMIT #134

Early Childhood Family Education 1541 5th Avenue South South St. Paul, MN 55075 CURRENT RESIDENT OR:

27th Annual Summer Activities & Safety Fair Thursday, April 6 5:30-7:30 pm

Join the celebration!

Upcoming Events Jan 30 Feb. 6 & 13 March 9 March 10 March 20 & 27 April 6 April 24 & May 1 April 25 April 28 May 16 May 24 & 31 May 25 & June 1 May 31 June 2

Need more information? Give us a call!

ECFE Classes Begin Valentine Fun Bumper Bowling Gertens Greenhouse Tour Rhyme Time Summer Activities & Safety Fair STEM for Young Learners South Metro Fire Station Tour Bumper Bowling Como Zoo Garden Time Class Garden Time Class AlphaBits Concert Last Day of ECFE

No classes Feb. 20, March 10-17, April 14, 28 & May 29 No night classes April 5 & 6

651-457-9418

Class Locations Early Childhood Family Education SSP Kid Connections 1541 5th Avenue South, SSP Located in the Fifth Ave. Plaza

SSP Lincoln Center 357 Ninth Avenue North, SSP Lincoln Center building is locked at 7 p.m.

IGH Early Learning Center 3203 68th St. E., IGH adjacent to Hilltop Elementary


IGH/SSP ECFE Winter-Spring 2017