Open Gym – Beat the winter wiggles!

Saturdays, January 21-March 24      10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

(Note: Feb. 25, no Open Gym session, instead join us at Kiddie Karnival).

Open Gym gives parents and children (Birth to 5 years) a place to move, play and have fun! The entire class is devoted to parent-child activities in the gym and classroom, with time at the end for music and songs. Open Gym classes are drop-in classes in which you can attend any or all of the class offerings.

Two choices are available for registrations: 1. Register for the entire series. 8 spots are reserved for this option. 2. Register for individual classes only.

Registration for the entire series can be made by calling 952-988-5000 or online at

Registration for individual classes must be made 24 hours prior to the date by calling the Harley Hopkins Family Center at 952-988-5000. Please bring check payable to ISD #270 or exact amount to each session.

Cost is $5 per session per child or a special rate of $40 for the entire 9-week series. Cost is $2 for each additional sibling. Sibling care is not available for Saturday classes.


Come in from the cold! Indoor winter family fun!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012     10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Hopkins Early Childhood Family Education invites you and your family to our indoor Frosty Fun winter event for families with children ages 2-5. Enjoy playing with snow and ice, make snowflake art, sing snowy songs, listen to winter tales, and enjoy warm cocoa – all indoors!

Class #405EW. Cost: $5 for first child, $2 each additional sibling.

Harley Hopkins Family Center, 125 Monroe Ave. S., Hopkins.

Register by calling 952-988-5000 or online at

Winter-Spring Early Childhood Family Education Registration

Registrations are currently being accepted for Hopkins Public Schools’ winter-spring Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes, which are available to young children from birth through pre-kindergarten age and their parents.

Registrations received online, in-person, or by mail by noon December 12 are placed in a lottery. After December 12, registrations are placed on a space-available basis.


In Person or By Mail: Harley Hopkins Family Center, 125 Monroe Ave. S., Hopkins 55343

By Phone (starting Jan. 5): 952-988-5000

Fax: 952-988-5037

Early Learning Digest…A Trusted Source of Information

The Minnesota Department of Education and the Working Family Resource Center (WFRC) have partnered to provide research-based information about the development of children from birth through age five. This collaboration is possible through two innovative initiatives of the Minnesota Department of Education: MN Parents Know and Help Me Grow.

The mission of the WFRC is as follows: Working Family Resource Center delivers high quality family and wellness education to employees where they work, in order to strengthen individuals, families and communities.  The Hopkins Family Center is sending this e-newsletter to you, because we believe that trusted resources for parents benefit our whole community.

The Early Learning Digest is a resource you can trust. The publication provides a snapshot of information about parenting and child-rearing in a concise way that parents will appreciate. In addition, there are options within the e-newsletter to link to further information if you are interested in learning more about a topic.

The newsletter this month includes a brief introduction into Howard Gardner’s research on the different kinds of intelligences.  For example, some children–and adults–have a stronger propensity for learning and understanding information by listening to words, and some children learn best when that information is presented in pictures.  There are also tips for how to communicate effectively with your child. Also included is information about early math skills and how to build them.  Enjoy this edition of Early Learning Digest.