ECFE Class Descriptions
Registration for ECFE Fall & Winter classes begins on August 8.
For all current Early Childhood Family Education class descriptions and additional information, please view our catalog pages:
ECFE Classes by Category
Baby & Me/Bebe y yo
Ages 0-12 months | Non-separating
Welcome to ECFE! We have a wonderful and safe space for new babies to explore, sing, and play while you connect with other parents and a licensed parent educator. You will gain support, knowledge and encouragement during this exciting and sometimes challenging time. Topics will vary from week to week based on parent input and feedback. Weekly weight checks are available
.Register for the sessions that best meet your needs.
Little Explorers/Pequenos Exploradores
Ages 9-18 months/Edades 9-18 meses
As your little one moves from crawling to walking, come explore our classroom with activities just right for young toddlers. Meet other parents going through the same stage as you while you discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. You and your child will stay in the classroom together during the parent discussion. On Tuesdays this class is offered in English with a bilingual Spanish staff member.
A medida que su hijo pequeño pasa de gatear a caminar, venga a explorar nuestro salón de clases con actividades perfectas para niños pequeños. Conozca a otros padres que están pasando por las mismas etapas que usted, mientras discute las alegrías y los desafíos de la crianza de los hijos. Usted y su hijo permanecerán en el salón de clases durante la discusión con los padres. Esta clase será ofrecida en inglés con un miembro del personal bilingüe en Español.
One-Year-Olds (year long options)
Ages 12-24 months | Non-Separating and Separating Options
Learning takes place for one-year-olds as they are moving and exploring, often not far from their parents. Discuss the wonders and challenges of parenting during this exciting time with our parent educator. Your child will explore in our toddler room, learn with peers their same age and participate in a circle time designed just for one year olds!
Wonderful Ones | Non-Separating
Wednesday Ones | Separating
Ages 15 – 30 months | Separating
Join us as you and your toddler discover safe and age appropriate activities; including art, music and sensory play. Parents will gain knowledge and support from a licensed parent educator and other parents during discussion time.
Twos and Threes (year long options)
Ages 2-3 years | Separating
Independence, language, problem solving and social skills are emerging during these ages. The classroom will foster all these developing skills, and you will value the parent discussion where you can learn, share and appreciate this stage of your parenting journey.
Preschool Aged Classes (3-5 Years)
Ages 3-5 years | Non-separating
Does your child enjoy getting messy while having fun? Do you love the fun but not the mess? Come for the mess and leave the clean-up to us. Join us for a class that includes many options to spark your child’s creativity. Each week you will be able to explore a variety of materials that promote creativity, appeal to multiple senses, and encourage curiosity.
Full STEAM Ahead
Ages 3-5 years | Separating
ECFE with a twist! During this class you and your preschooler will participate in activities that emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in the early childhood classroom. Each week we will focus on one or more of these areas with developmentally appropriate activities that will support curiosity. During the parenting portion of the class parents will discuss traditional topics related to parenting and development as well as making connections to STEAM activities in the classroom. This class will separate first for the parent discussion.
Get your Motor Running Together at ECFE
Ages 2-5 years | Non-separating
Come to ECFE and start your week with large motor activities. We will start class in one of our amazing large motor spaces, designed for climbing, biking, tumbling and more. Then we will move to the classroom for more fun including block building, sensory experiences, and play with our great selection of toys for all ages. Get those wiggles out inside when it's too cold to be outside.
Ready to Read
Ages 3-5 years | Separating
Bring your 3-5 year olds for this six/seven week class that focuses on early literacy development. Each week you will be provided with activities that support an area of early reading development for young children. Children will continue to learn and play with our early childhood teacher while parents meet to learn from our licensed parent educator about literacy development and how you can support it at home. Each week you'll leave with materials to try out at home.
*A bilingual (Spanish) staff member is part of our teaching team.
Ages 3-5 years | Separating
This fun, interactive class includes stories and simple science and art activities that promote reading and encourage a child’s natural curiosity. Children and caregivers will participate in activities and a story time that are related to the theme of the feature book. Caregivers will separate for a short parent education session that is focused on literacy development. This class is also a great opportunity for grandparents to attend so they can partner in promoting literacy development.
Ages 3-5 years
This 2 day per week class combines traditional ECFE and Preschool for the perfect blend of fun.
Day 1 - ECFE class includes time for parent/child interaction and parent education.
Day 2 - Drop your child off for their two hour preschool experience where children will practice sharing, taking turns, using manners, pretending, following directions and engage in early literacy and math experiences...all in a play-based environment.
Children are not required to be toilet-trained to attend this class.
Birth to 5 Year Olds
Explore, Create, Discover
Ages 0-5 years | Separating
Explore in our classroom designed for young children through pre-kindergarten. Get creative using a variety of art tools and opportunities. Discover together through parent/child activities, circle time, music, stories and parent discussion. Parenting topics will include the importance of everyday parenting.
Step into Learning
Ages 0-5 years | Separating
Step into learning with your child as they explore and grow. Infants through pre-kindergarteners will have opportunities for sensory play, social interaction and build developmental skills. Grown-ups will have time to meet with a parent educator to discuss the celebrations and frustrations that come with the parenting journey. This class will separate first for the parent discussion.
Music, Movement & MORE/ la música, el movimiento
Ages 0-5 years/Edades 0-5 año
Whether you have one child or more, infant to pre-kindergarten, this movement, art and music class introduces your young artists to an exciting variety of sensory experiences. Children will learn through play in a multi-age setting using different mediums, colors, textures. Create and enjoy music, rhythm, and movement together through parent/child activities, circle time, music, and large motor activities. During this session children will be exposed to both the English and Spanish versions of the songs, books, and rhymes used in class! The Thursday morning class will separate first for the parent discussion. *The parent education portion of class is offered in English with a Spanish Interpreter.
Ya sea que tenga uno o más hijos, desde bebés hasta Pre- jardín de niños, esta clase de movimiento, arte y música presenta a sus jóvenes artistas una emocionante variedad de experiencias sensoriales. Los niños aprenderán a través del juego en un entorno de edades variadas utilizando diferentes medios, colores y texturas. Creando y disfrutando de la música, el ritmo y el movimiento juntos a través de actividades para padres e hijos, tiempo en círculo, música y actividades de motricidad gruesa. ¡Durante esta sesión, los niños estarán expuestos a las versiones en inglés y español de las canciones, libros y rimas que se usan en clase! La clase del jueves por la mañana se separará primero para la discusión de los padres. *La porción de clase para padres es ofrecida en inglés con intérprete de Español.
Pop In & Play
Ages 0-5 years | Non-separating
Pop-In & Play provides a good way for new families to check us out and is a great option for families whose schedules don’t allow a commitment to a weekly class. Families who just want more ECFE time think it’s great too. This class will include all the ECFE classics, such as art projects, circle time with songs, and uninterrupted play time alongside your child. Staff are available to support you with questions you may have regarding child development and parent resources are available upon request. Sign up today and begin exploring ECFE together!
Parenting Time After Bedtime
Status: Virtual - Evening class
Are you interested in the parenting portion of ECFE? Then this class is for you - parents only! After your kids are tucked in, parents will log onto a Webex meeting with a licensed parent educator. We will discuss various parenting topics throughout the semester and have time for parents to check in and ask questions each week. You may check out an ipad if you need a device to participate in this class.
ECFE To Go Kits
Ages 2-5 years
Pick up a monthly theme bag packed with all it takes to create a special ECFE experience from home. Enjoy sensory experiences, materials for four craft projects, movement activities, interactive games, songs, and rhymes, outdoor activity ideas, and a recipe to try together at home. Each monthly kit can be picked up from our non-contact entry area and contains a link to a weekly story and circle time; join live online on Wednesdays 11:00-11:20am or access a recorded version.
Status: In Person
Ages Kindergarten – 3rd grade | Separating
ECFE doesn’t end when your child starts Kindergarten. A licensed parent educator will lead parent discussion with topics that relate to families with school-age children. School-age children will discover and learn with a licensed teacher who will engage them in math, science, and art explorations. Sibling care available for children pre-kindergarten age for additional fee. This class separates for the entire time.
Books and Beyond
All Ages | Located at Lakeville Heritage Library 9:30-10am
Heritage Library and ECFE present this fun spin on story time! Children of all ages will experience a story time at the Heritage Library & an art project sponsored by the ECFE Advisory Council. Arrive early or stay late to take advantage of all the resources the library has to offer! Sign up is not required but is needed to reserve materials for participation in the craft.
Ages 0-5 years
Family School is a program that combines Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Crystal Lake Education Center. Classes are free and provided for families with children from infants to the start of kindergarten. Adults and children attend Family School at the same time. While the adults learn and practice English, children play and learn with peers in the early childhood room. Class meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-2:15pm September - May. Contact us to learn more information.