What About My Older Child?

The earliest years of childhood are a wonder for parents. Joy, exhaustion, questions, and a real desire to get parenting information that will help you develop your parenting around success for your child. As the author of this early childhood e-newsletter, it has been my true pleasure and honor to offer a resource for this sort of information.

If your children are growing older – I know my own daughter is already 11 years old – the parenting you are asked to do changes. It doesn’t get any easier, the questions just change. Are you ready for the next stage of parenting information? If your child is in upper elementary school or middle school the ParentConnect e-newsletter is now for you.

An opportunity to explore issues that spring up as your child moves into her tweens and teens. Topics that address the emotional, educational and relationship issues you are experiencing with your older child. The same concise reading with an opportunity to link to more in-depth information if interested.

As the author of ParentConnect, I warmly invite you to sign up for our e-newlsetter designed for parents of tweens and teens. Parenting information for your families next stage.  See you there!

ECFE is Having a Birthday!

The staff at Harley Hopkins Family Center have begun to see parents enroll in the program who had been children in the program years before!  What a joy to see multiple generations find value in the education and programming we provide!

Watching families grow is one of the privileges of being experienced. How experienced are we? We are celebrating our 40th birthday this year! Just as any 40 year old will tell you, this does not make us old – it makes us wiser and more sophisticated. We have been meeting the needs of parents in our community by adjusting to the changing needs of families throughout the decades. Our first and foremost goal has always been to provide parenting information and support to the families involved in our school community.

We have quality classes throughout the school day as we always have. We also have multiple evening classes for families who need to access our classes after work. We have incorporated e-newsletters and blogs so you can access trustworthy information at a time that is convenient for you. We have community events to encourage all families to gather together to celebrate childhood. We have one-time workshops because sometimes what you really need is a discussion around a specific issue.

We are taking the time to celebrate our accomplishments as we turn 40! We want this great state of Minnesota to better understand the strength of our program. Use our birthday facebook page to share your great memories of ECFE with new parents, experienced parents, and the community members who may not even know about ECFE yet. Did you enjoy a favorite activity with your child or have a favorite song? Did you live by a bit of parenting advice you heard in an ECFE discussion? Do you still have strong friendships with the people you met in ECFE when your child was a baby? Do you have a teacher you would like to thank? Our most treasured gift during this birthday year would be parents sharing with each other the difference ECFE has made in their own families.

Happy Birthday ECFE, and many celebrations of all families throughout this year!

Vehicle Fair: Join the free fun!

Hopkins Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) invites you and your family to our Open House & Vehicle Fair!

Families can explore a:

  • Police Car
  • Snow Plow
  • Fire Truck
  • Front-end loader
  • Ambulance

Classroom activities, free refreshments and face painting!

Friday, September 5, 5:30-7:00pm
Harley Hopkins Family Center
125 Monroe Avenue South,