Overview of Infant and Toddler Programs


  • At the Edina Early Learning Center, we offer many types of infant and toddler classes based on age, day of the week, time of day, and whether or not you choose to separate from your child for the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) discussion portion of a class. 


    Infant and Toddler Classes: Non-Separating

    nullBABY & ME: Birth-6 months
    1 day per week with parenting

    Having a baby can mean a major adjustment in every area of your life, Physical, social, mental, financial and emotional changes often occur. This relaxing class is designed to be educational and supportive, and hopefully allow you to have some focused, uninterrupted time to enjoy your infant. You will meet other parents, sharing questions on sleep, schedules, feeding and development.

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    BABY & ME: Saturday 6-week sessions
    1 day per week with parenting

    These six-week class sessions are offered at times convenient for busy families.  While you are playing with your baby, a licensed parent educator will facilitate discussion and provide relevant information about your baby’s growth, development and all those important ‘firsts’. Join us to share your ideas, experiences and concerns in a supportive, community environment.

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    TODDLER TOGETHERNESS: 10-24 months
    1 day per week with parenting

    If you are eager for some parent education, but not quite ready to fully separate with your baby, this class is for you. You will get to connect with other parents while your child enjoys a variety of activities like arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, music, early literacy and math games. Topics for discussion include separation anxiety, development and other requested topics from the group. A perfect class to learn about your toddler’s growth and development.


    Infant and Toddler Classes: Separating

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    BUSY BABIES: 7-11 months
    1 day per week with parenting

    This class focuses on one-on-one time with your baby for playing, singing and reading books. It also allows time for parent discussion while your baby explores a safe, clean classroom and interacts with other babies. Separating from parents can be scary, and our exceptional teaching staff understands how important it is to make that transition as easy and gentle as possible. This class helps your baby to build trust with teachers and you!

    nullTODDLIN' TYKES: 12-17 months
    1 day per week with parenting

    Toddlers thrive with consistent, predictable routines and flourish in an environment that supports and raises their need to climb, jump giggle and make messes. This amazing early childhood class promises a classroom of loving teachers, developmentally appropriate activities, sensory-filled art activities and many new friends to play with. After time with your child in the classroom, they will continue the fun while you adjourn to a nearby classroom with other parents for the education component and discussion.  

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    TODDLIN TYKES: 12-36 months Saturday 6-week sessions
    1 day per week with parenting

    Toddlers thrive with consistent, predictable routines and flourish in an environment that supports and raises their need to climb, jump giggle and make messes. This amazing early childhood class promises a classroom of loving teachers, developmentally appropriate activities, sensory-filled art activities and many new friends to play with. After time with your child in the classroom, they will continue the fun while you adjourn to a nearby classroom with other parents for the education component and discussion. 

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    TENDER TOTS: 18-23 months
    1 day per week with parenting

    Enjoy time with your toddler exploring the classroom, singing songs, enjoying art activities and reading books. While parents separate for a portion of the class into a nearby classroom for the education component and discussion, your child will enjoy exploring, singing and playing with other little people who are just like them!


  • A mother holds her baby on her lap during class circle time. A Day in the Life

    A Typical Infant & Toddler Class with Early Childhood Family Education

    Parent-Child Activity Time

    Together, you and your child enjoy a classroom filled with developmentally-appropriate play and learning activities.

    Parent Discussion

    For a portion of class time, you’ll meet with other parents and a licensed parent educator to share experiences and information regarding child development and parenting techniques. Time is set aside for sharing your joys and concerns and ask questions that are part of everyday life with a young child. This parent discussion component can occur either in the same room with your child (non-separating classes), or parents can adjourn to a separate nearby classroom for discussion (separating classes).

    Children’s Activity Time

    While you are focusing on the parent discussion, children learn and play with licensed early childhood teachers. Children will practice social skills and enjoy music, art, stories, dramatic play and creative movement.

Two babies play on opposites sides of a colorful toy.
Quote: Here I have watched both my children grow from tiny newborns to happy, energetic toddlers - parent.
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