Our mission is to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community.

Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a Community Education program of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, and is the first connection between families and the school district. ECFE is a program unique to Minnesota and is offered in over 300 school districts throughout the state. The mission of ECFE is to support and strengthen families - the first and most important teacher in a young child's life.

ECFE Classes Offer Three Components:

  • Parent and Child Interaction Time – An early childhood teacher provides developmentally appropriate activities for parents and children to enjoy together.
  • Guided Play for Children – A portion of the class is devoted to learning through play with licensed teachers and assistants while parents participate in a parent discussion in a separate room. (We separate for parenting in the multi-age classes and in the age specific classes 2 and over, but do parenting in the room for babies and 1 year olds).
  • Parent Discussion Time – Parents and caregivers participate in a discussion, led by a licensed parent educator. The joys and challenges of parenting are shared, and topics are designed to address the developmental issues of each age group.

Message from Early Learning Coordinator

We are thrilled to invite you to our 2019-2020 ECFE programming! Our theme this
year is: BEE Awesome! Come BEE awesome with us as we explore school readiness
for families and children through strong social emotional learning and development.

Research shows family engagement in school supports positive educational
and developmental outcomes. ECFE lays the foundation for the family-school
relationship, creates opportunities to build your network of support, and starts your
little learners on a positive educational journey.

We can’t wait to partner with you this year and hope to see you soon!

All the best,
Becca Richardson, Early Learning Coordinator


2019-2020 Registration opens 8:00 a.m. August 20, 2019 and is open all year as long as space is available in classes.

Families have the option to register for fall, winter and spring classes at the start of the year.  You may still register seasonally if you prefer.  

View the 2019-2020 class offerings here


ECFE Scholarship Application

family events at Edgewood School

Environmental Education Celebration
October 14, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m.

June 2, 2020
4:30-6:00 p.m.