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Early Childhood

ECFE teacher interacting with child at circle time
Gingerbread learning and craft station in an ECFE class
Baby playing on ramp in an ECFE class
2 and 3 year old ECFE class making orange juice

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program of Duluth Community Education, with a mission of lifelong learning. We understand that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. We partner with our parents
and families to offer the very best in early childhood and family education. Our team of parent educators and early childhood teachers offer support and
education for your child and your family. Please join us for a parent/infant class or a class for you and your on-the-move toddler.
We are eager to welcome your family and young children as an important part of our school communities.

Prenatal to Grade 3 Initiative Video:  Watch this short video highlighting our programs 

Welcome to ECFE- watch this short video

Click here to register for current classes

ECFE Also Offers:

Home Visits: For families who cannot attend class or would benefit from a parent educator visiting them at home to address individual child, parent or family needs. If you have questions about home visiting, please contact our office. Visits can also be done by phone or virtually. 

Child Care Provider Mentorship: In a group environment, a licensed early childhood or parent educator provides the Circle of Security Parenting series and coaching for in-home child care providers. Please contact our office if you are interested in this FREE opportunity. Spaces are limited. 

Circle of Security Parenting Course: This course is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Registration can be done online or by calling our office. 

Community Resource HUB: Find helpful resources here to keep you and your child healthy, learning, and on a solid financial footing.  

Main Office:

709 Portia Johnson Drive

Duluth, MN 55811

Ph: 218-336-8815 


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Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education information about programming.
Help Me Grow - Refer a child, screen, or evaluate for early childhood intervention services.


Early Childhood Screening offers free developmental screenings.  It is recommended children are screened during the year they turn three and it is required for kindergarten entrance. To schedule a screening appointment: Phone: 218-336-8816 or Email

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Duluth Preschool

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We focus on building social emotional skills, language and literacy, health and nutrition, physical and development for all children.   

Preschool programs are located in 7 elementary schools across the city, providing high quality early childhood classroom experiences.

Parent Aware Rated - Four Stars of Excellence: We are proud to be one of the first preschool programs in the state to earn a four star rating from Minnesota Parent Aware- the highest rating possible! 

Our Curriculum:
Licensed early childhood teachers provide instruction from the following resources:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Second Step: social and emotional learning
  • Pyramid Model: a positive behavioral intervention and a support framework that promotes social, emotional and behavioral development.

Nature Based Programming: All classrooms have access to nature play areas and outdoor gear. Children enjoy fun activities such as snow shoeing, hiking, fort building and many other great experiences! Spending time outside in all types of weather has many benefits to children. 

What are the benefits of attending Duluth Preschool?

Strong Bodies: We strive to spend at least one hour outside daily. We work to ensure families have access to healthcare and balanced meals offering health and nutrition services. 

Strong Minds: We implement an inquiry-based curriculum that encourages curiosity, collaboration, and communication in a play-based environment led by licensed teachers. 

Strong Families: We provide advocacy, support, and education to parents and caregivers. We partner with families to celebrate strengths and reach for goals. 

Duluth Preschool Provides:

  • High quality early childhood experiences with licensed teachers
  • Parent education, support, and parent involvement
  • Full & half-day options
  • A focus on health and nutrition
  • Services for children with disabilities
  • Assistance accessing community resources

Main Office:

709 Portia Johnson Drive

Duluth, MN 55811

Ph: 218-336-8815 


Fax: 218-336-8788