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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Programs


Early Childhood Programs

Willmar Early Childhood Family programs are designed to help you lay a strong foundation for your child’s future, instilling a lifelong love of learning at a young age. Starting with infants all the way through preschool, we offer hands-on learning experiences for parents and children. Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers and we are here to help you discover all the ways your interactions make a huge impact on your child’s development. We are here to help with opportunities for:

  • Parent discussion
  • Resources
  • Parent and child interactions 
  • Social time for your child

Learn about all the Early Childhood opportunities here.

ECFE (birth-5)

Parents, caregivers and children ages birth to kindergarten are invited to our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes, which focus on strengthening families, building connections and supporting children’s health, growth and development. ECFE class options include: 

  • Parent/child classes
  • Parent only classes
  • Guest speakers
  • Home visits and more

Our friendly and helpful parent educators will answer all of your questions as you navigate parenthood and share information about normal developmental milestones, parenting skills and available resources in our community. 

Learn more about our ECFE classes.

Early Childhood Screening (ages 3.5-4)

As your child gets older, we’ll help ensure they are ready for kindergarten with several preschool options and Early Childhood Screening. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and learning and is ideal at age 3 ½ to 4 years old. Early Childhood Screening is required for entrance to Minnesota’s public schools and happens twice a month at Jefferson Learning Center. For more information about screening call 231-8490. 

Learn more about Early Childhood Screening.

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Preschool (ages 3-5)

Our four-star Parent Aware preschool program engages our 3-5 year old learners through play to prepare them for kindergarten and future learning. Our licensed preschool teachers are trained in the best practices and provide a high-quality curriculum where your child’s interests drive their learning. We offer several preschool options running from September through May, including full day and half-day options.

Learn more about and register for preschool.


ECSE (ages birth-5)

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides early education services to any child with special needs starting at birth. This includes children who, because of prematurity or other complications, may experience problems or difficulties in the areas of development. 

Learn more about ECSE.


Willmar ECFE is excited to partner with you and your family to provide resources, learning and support during your child’s birth-age 5 years. 

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