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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023

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Everyone Connects!Everyone Connects!Enrichment: 507-328-4000ECFE/PAIIR: SUMMER 2023 Learning Through Nature page 3Summer Camps pages 10-11

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | ECFE/PAIIR ........................... 2Age Group Classes .................... 2All Aboard the Big Yellow School Bus ................................. 2Focus Classes ............................ 3Non-Separating Classes ............ 3Online Classes ........................... 4Play with Purpose ...................... 5Support Groups ........................ 5Week By Week .......................... 6Yearlong .................................... 6PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT ...........8Art ............................................. 8Early Childhood Skills ................ 8Kids in the Kitchen .................... 8Sports ........................................ 9Science ...................................... 10Summer Camp ........................... 10@parentsareimportantinrochester @ecferochestermnRochester Public Schools provides a free comprehensive developmental screening for any child 3 years old to kindergarten enrollment. Schedule by calling 507-328-4004.Northrop Education Center201 8th St. NWRochester, MN CHILDHOOD SCREENINGSpring is upon us and as the world around us begins to brighten with fresh spring colors, we too will be providing opportunities to engage in new activities and learning. Whether it’s your rst time joining us for a class or you have been learning with us for years, we are excited to offer you another season of growing together.Northrop Education Center • 201 8th St NW • Rochester, MN 55901Ofce Hours: Monday-Friday • 8 AM-4:30 PM@RochesterCE @rochestermncommunityedCE WEATHERLINEFor weather-related announcements, call 507-328-4010.

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | Everyone Connects!• September through May• Preschool scholarships• Kindergarten information• Family events• MN licensed teachers • Best practices implemented to help children develop as learners for lifelong success• Research-based curriculum and learning experiences focused on high-quality play • Individualized instructionWhy Rochester Public Schools Preschool?Skills we build in preschool serve us for a lifetime–positive relationships, language and literacy, numbers and thinking skills, and much more. RPS Preschool prepares our young learners for a future of school and life success. We use a play-based approach facilitated by high quality educators with respected curricula and assessments in a positive learning environment. Rochester Public Schools Preschool is a quality preschool program that respects the unique needs of each child. When children are prepared to succeed at kindergarten entrance, all of society benets. Growing Young Minds RPS Preschool focuses across the areas of child development, facilitating learning in social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development, literacy and language, math, science, and the arts. Our children play to learn, with whole group, small group, and individualized opportunities. Our licensed teachers and talented assistants provide caring, quality environments where the love of learning will ourish.Registration is open for 2023-2024! Class information on page 13.Call 507-328-4024 for more information or register today at

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 2AGE GROUP CLASSESEach class offers the ECFE class experience including PACT followed by children’s learning and play time and a parent discussion. Parents will move to a separate room for a parent discussion. Sibling care is available where listed.1-3 Year Olds (12-42 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 3070113.320 W Apr 12–May 24 9:30-11:15 AMToddler/Twos (18-30 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 3070120.320 Tu Apr 11–May 239:30-11 AM2-3 Year Olds7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 303, 3070201.320 Th Apr 13–May 259:30-11:15 AM 2-4 Year Olds7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 3070241.320 M Apr 10–May 229:30-11:15 AM Little Inventors (3-5 Years)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 307A0319.320 Th Apr 13–May 25 9:15-11:15 AM Everyone Connects!ALL ABOARD THE BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUSLearn about school bus safety through art, song and discussion. Children will take a ride on the school bus and practice school bus safety. Parents will meet with a representative from Rochester Public Schools Transportation Department. This class is for children who will begin kindergarten in September 2023. Parents move to a separate room for a parent discussion.1 SessionLocation: Northrop– Rm 303, 307A0511.320 M May 22 6-7 PM Rm 303, 307A0511.321 W May 24 6-7 PM Rm 302, 307A0511.322 F May 26 10-11 AMRm 302, 307A

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 3 = Limited sibling care available = Evening class FOCUS CLASSESEach class offers the ECFE experience including PACT followed by children’s learning and play time and a parent discussion. Parents will move to a separate room for parent discussion. Children under 9 months will remain with parent(s) during discussions as a lap baby. Sibling care is available where listed.Learning Through Nature (0-5 Years)4 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 303, 307A0754.320 Tu Apr 11–May 2 5:45-7 PM Parenting a Child with Spirited or Challenging Behaviors (2-5 Years)No Fee–7 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 3070211.320 M Apr 10–May 22 5:45-7:45 PM NON-SEPARATING CLASSESYou and your child will remain together for the entire class. Each class offers the ECFE experience including PACT. These classes will include a parent discussion in the same room as your child. Sibling care is available where listed. Caregivers welcome.Baby & Me (0-12 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 3050012.320 Tu Apr 11–May 23 1-2:30 PM Fun Ones (10-23 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 3030110.320 F Apr 14–May 26 9-10:15 AMMusic and Storytime (0-5 Years)6 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 3050671.320 Tu Apr 11–May 16 10-11 AMECFE Sliding Fee Scale information is available on our website: (Parent and Child Time) is included in all ECFE/PAIIR classes. Parents and children will have time to interact with activities designed to enhance your child’s learning.It takes a village to raise a child, so stop by the ofce and let us introduce ourselves, help you navigate our program and welcome you into your NEW village.Are you NEW to Rochester, NEW to ECFE/PAiiR, or NEW to Parenting?

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 4ONLINE CLASSESYou’ve got parenting questions? We have information and support. Take our online classes from any device that can connect to the internet. All classes are readily available through Adobe Connect.Parenting Strategies Video Library Find it tricky to t in our in-person classes, but want to learn more about effective parenting strategies? Sign up for our exclusive online video library created by ECFE/PAIIR educators about topics from toilet training, to emotions, to play. This self-paced option allows you to access information you need, when you need it. Upon registration you will receive a conrmation email containing the link to view our videos.$5.00/$10.00Location: Online0926.320Join us at the Rochester Public Library for Bedtime Stories!Apr 18 May 2 & 16 Rochester Public Library Auditorium6-7 PM No registration neededStories, songs, and fun for the whole familyScan the QR code to register today!Register by February 27 for March 1 First Draw.First Draw is a lottery used with ECFE/PAIIR registration. All registrations received before First Draw are treated the same. At First Draw, we use the lottery to determine who gets into classes that are over-enrolled. Email conrmations will be sent out after draw. After First Draw is complete, registration is rst come, rst served. Payment is due with registration.

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 5 = Online Class = Limited sibling care available = Evening class PLAY WITH PURPOSEDiscover learning through your child’s eyes in these parent and child classes. Parents or grandparents will enjoy circle time, themed play, songs, and stories with the children. Parents will move to a separate room for a parent discussion.MAGNIFICENT MONDAYSStory Lab (2-5 Years)3 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 303, 307A0656.320 M Apr 10–24 5:45-7 PM Outdoor Explore (2-5 Years)3 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 303, 307A0657.320 M May 1–15 5:45-7 PM TERRIFIC TUESDAYSPreschool Pop-Up (2-5 Years)4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 303, 3060672.320 Tu Apr 11–May 2 9:30-11:15 AMSpring Into Summer (2-5 Years)3 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 303, 3060672.321 Tu May 9–23 9:30-11:15 AMSUPER SATURDAYSNuts About Nature (2-5 Years)1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 3020642.320 Sa Apr 15 9:30-11 AMSUPPORT GROUPSSupport groups are a gathering of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, advice and support. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including PACT followed by children’s learning and play time and a parent discussion. Parents will move to a separate room for a parent discussion. Registration is required.Single Parent Support Group (0-5 Years)No Fee–2 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 305, 3060616.320 Tu Apr 18–May 16 5:30-7 PM Parenting a Child with Special Needs (Birth-Grade 5)No Fee–2 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 305, 3160720.320 Tu Apr 11–May 9 5:45-7:30 PM

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | * = Partnership class = Evening class Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 6WEEK BY WEEKMade to t your schedule! Attend one class or all of the classes with our exible “week by week” registration. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including PACT.Extraordinary Newborn (0-6 Months)No Fee–1 SessionLocation: Public Health0002.320 W Apr 19 2-3 PM0002.321 W May 17 2-3 PMStay and Play (0-5 Years)This is a separating class.1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 302, 307A0611.320 F Apr 14 10-11:30 AM0611.321 F Apr 21 10-11:30 AM0611.322 F Apr 28 10-11:30 AM0611.323 F May 5 10-11:30 AM0611.324 F May 12 10-11:30 AM0611.325 F May 19 10-11:30 AMYEARLONGOpen registration begins in fall followed by priority registration for our winter and spring sessions, allowing the group participants to remain together for the entire school year. New participants are welcome to register and will be enrolled if space is available.1-3 Year Olds Yearlong (12-42 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 305, 3070113.321 F Apr 14–May 26 9:30-11:15 AMToddler Yearlong (12-42 Months)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 305, 307A0111.320 M Apr 10–May 22 9:30-11:15 AM Dad & Me Yearlong (0-5 Years)7 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 303, 305, 3190660.320 W Apr 12–May 24 9:30-11:15 AMNight Owl Preschool Yearlong (3-5 Year Olds)14 SessionsLocation: Northrop– Rm 302, 3070350.320 Tu, ThApr 11–May 25 5:30-7:30 PM

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 7* = Partnership class = Evening class Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | Saturday, May 13, 202310 AM-12:30 PMGoose Egg Park at Northrop Community Education CenterBRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO BROWSE A VARIETY OF VEHICLES: DUMP TRUCKS, SNOW PLOWS, POLICE CARS, AND MORE!Save the Date!29th Annual Transportation FairKINDERGARTEN IS ONE OF YOUR CHILD’S MILESTONES THAT CREATES EXCITEMENT AND WONDER.Community Education, along with your child’s school and district kindergarten teachers, have created a course for incoming kindergartners to help them feel prepared and excited to come to school in September!WATCH YOUR MAILBOX IN APRIL FOR MORE INFO!KINDERGARTEN PREP 2023

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 8* = Partnership class = Evening class Everyone Connects!ARTMother’s Day Fun (3-6 Years)$24–1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 210Ages 3-4 1527.201Sa May 13 9:30-11 AMAges 5-6 1527.202Sa May 13 11:15 AM-12:45 PMFather’s Day Fun (3-6 Years/Adult)$24–1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101411.401 F Jun 16 9:30-11 AMEARLY CHILDHOOD SKILLSSPARK STEM Experience (2-5 Years/Adult)$14–1 SessionLocation: SPARK at Apache Mall1512.204P Tu Apr 4 11:15 AM-1 PMIMAGINATION / CREATIVITYParents’ Night Out (3-6 Years)$24–1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101504.202 Th Apr 13 5-7 PM Teddy Bear Picnic (3-6 Years)$24–1 SessionLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101505.201 F Apr 14 10-11:30 AMKIDS IN THE KITCHENDiscover: Tasty Treats (4-6 Years/Adult)$29–1 SessionLocation: Dakota–Learning Kitchen1526.201 Sa Apr 22 9:30-11 AM1526.202 F Apr 28 9:30-11 AMScan the QR code to register today!

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 9* = Partnership class = Evening class SPORTSJ.E.T.S. GYMNASTICSPuddle Jumpers (18 Months-3 Years/Adult) *$75–4 SessionsLocation: J.E.T.S. Gymnastics1860.207P Tu May 2–23 9:30-10:15 AMTomcats (3 Years) *$75–4 SessionsLocation: J.E.T.S. Gymnastics1861.207P Tu May 2–23 11:10-11:55 AM1861.208P W May 3–24 5:20-6:05 PM Falcons (4 Years) *$75–4 SessionsLocation: J.E.T.S. Gymnastics1862.207P Tu May 2–23 10:20-11:05 AM1862.208P W May 3–24 4:30-5:15 PMRochester Figure Skating Club: Learn2Skate for Preschool (4-6 Years) *$146–7 SessionsLocation: Rochester Recreation Center1790.401P Tu Jul 11–Aug 22 6-6:30 PM 1790.402P Th Jul 13–Aug 24 6-6:30 PM SOCCER SHOTS Mini (2-3 Years/Adult) *$158 ($188 w/ Jersey)–8 SessionsLocation: Jefferson–Field/Gym1422.401P Tu Jun 13–Aug 8 9:35-10:05 AM1422.402P W Jun 14–Aug 9 9-9:30 AMClassic (3-5 Years/Adult) *$158 ($188 w/ Jersey)–8 SessionsLocation: Jefferson–Field/Gym1423.401P Tu Jun 13–Aug 8 9-9:30 AM1423.402P Tu Jun 13–Aug 8 10:10-10:40 AM

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 10* = Partnership class = Evening class SCIENCEDiscover: Science (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101412.401 M-Th Jun 26–29 9:30-11 AM1412.402 M-Th Jun 26–29 1-2:30 PMLittle Hands STEAM Experience (3-5 Years)$42–3 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101611.213 W Apr 12–26 10-11:30 AM1611.214 W May 10–24 10-11:30 AMSUMMER CAMPToot Your Horn (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101417.401 M-Th Jun 19–22 9:30-11 AM1417.402 M-Th Jun 19–22 1-2:30 PMNature Explorers (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101425.401 M-Th Jul 10–13 9:30-11 AM1425.402 M-Th Jul 10–13 1-2:30 PMDiscover: Paint (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101404.401 M-Th Jul 17–20 9:30-11 AM1404.402 M-Th Jul 17–20 1-2:30 PM

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 11* = Partnership class = Evening class Giggles and Wiggles (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101428.401 M-Th Jul 24–27 9:30-11 AM1428.402 M-Th Jul 24–27 1-2:30 PMDiscover: Engineering (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101427.401 M-Th Jul 31–Aug 3 9:30-11 AM1427.402 M-Th Jul 31–Aug 3 1-2:30 PMCrafts for Little Fingers (3-6 Years)$75–4 SessionsLocation: Northrop–Rm 2101418.401 M-Th Aug 7–10 9:30-11 AM1418.402 M-Th Aug 7–10 1-2:30 PMJ.E.T.S. Gymnastics “Fantastic Summer Camps” (3-10 Years) *$105–4 SessionsM-Th • 9 AM-12 PMLocation: J.E.T.S. Gymnastics 2440 Claire Lane NE1870.401P Space Camp Jun 5–81871.401PLet’s Go GardeningJun 12–151872.401PJurassic ExperienceJun 19–221873.401PWacky Water WeekJun 26–291874.401PSuperhero Jul 10–131875.401PUnder the Sea Jul 17–201876.401PSuper Sports WeekJul 24–271877.401PCircus Week Jul 31– Aug 31878.401PPirates and PrincessesAug 7–10

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 12Lindsey Cantwell Memorial ScholarshipLinda Munson Memorial ScholarshipIf you’ve had a positive experience with PAiiR/ECFE programming, we ask you to consider donating to our scholarships so that others may also experience the opportunity to benet and grow from our support and education just as your family did. Scan the QR code below to help fund future education for local families.connect with our parent educatorParenting young children can be a very rewarding, yet challenging job that doesn’t come with a manual. Sign up for a time to chat with a professional parent educator to talk about your questions or concerns in-person or video chat.For more information or to reserve a time slot, contact or call 507-328-4021.Parent Engagement MattersJoin the PAIIR/School Readiness Advisory Council!Call us for more information: 507-328-4020DONATE TODAY!Preschool Enrichment and ECFE/PAIIR NEED you!Employment opportunities are available within Rochester Public Schools. Early childhood classroom experience is desired. Contact Amanda Garcia at 507-328-4053 or email at

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Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2023 | 13CLASS TYPESEXPLORERS 3 Year Olds The Explorers class is specically designed with young preschoolers in mind as they begin to explore and learn new language and social skills through play in a group setting. Children must be 3 years of age by 9/1/2023. PATHFINDERS 3-5 Year Olds The Pathnders is a multiage class providing children an opportunity to learn in a group of multiage peers. Children must be at least 3 years of age by 9/1/2023. TRAILBLAZERS 4-5 Year Olds The Trailblazers class is for children headed to kindergarten the following school year. Children must be at least 4 years of age by 9/1/2023.STEM 4-5 Year Olds STEM is all about exploring, observing, predicting and questioning and your preschooler will be encouraged to plan, create and problem solve with help from our teachers. Children must be at least 4 years of age by 9/1/2023.For more information and registration: Registration Open!Everyone Connects!Scholarships Available!

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Northrop Community Education201 8th Street NWRochester, MN 55901Strengthening families with young children through education and support.Everyone Connects!Everyone Connects!Register today!