• Age specific classes between birth and three years.

    Baby FUNdamentals Drop-In (birth – 6 months). Come with your infant age birth-8 months and visit with other parents of newborns. For more information, call Linwood Monroe Upper (West 7th) at 651-293-8969 or just drop-in! Discussion topics include:

    •  Sleep

    •  Play

    •  Feeding

    •  Resources

    •  Crying and calming

    •  Development

    •  Parenting Roles

    •  Safety

    •  Post-Partum Depression

    •  Tummy Time

    •  Back to work

    •  Sign Language

    •  Sharing Birth Stories

    •  Music and Massage

    •  Immunizations

    •  Bonding and Attachment

    Infants - for parents and their infants (birth – 12 months) will include many of the topics that are listed in the Baby FUNdamentals Drop-In but are discussed more in depth.

    Toddlers – gradually separating class for parents and their children ages 12 - 24 months.

    Birth to K classes – geared toward a specific age range (Birth to Kindergarten), targeting the common concerns and needs of both parents and children. Topics include:

    •  Developmental stages/challenges

    •  Discipline Strategies

    •  Brain development

    •  What children learn from play

    •  Emotions/feelings

    •  Family Traditions

    •  Parenting styles

    •  Limit Setting/consequences

    •  Temperament

    •  Nutrition

    NEW! LENA Start Classes
    - A weekly class offered in collaboration with the University of Minnesota that provides the opportunity to increase your 10-30 month old’s language development using a recording device.

    ¡NUEVO! Clase LENA - Una clase semanal, en colaboración con la Universidad de Minnesota, que ofrece la oportunidad de aumentar el desarrollo de lenguaje y aprendizaje de sus ninos en la edad de 10 a 30 meses utilizando un dispositivo de grabación. Los lunes, 9:30-11:30 am, en Dayton’s Bluff. (Cuidado hermanos disponible).


    Community Specific classes – cover the same topics as birth to k and address issues that are specific to the culture of the group. In Hmong, Karen and Spanish speaking classes, the parenting component is conducted in the language of the group. The children’s component is in English. Groups include:

    •  Adoptive parents

    •  Hmong speaking families

    •  African American families

    •  Karen speaking families

    •  American Indian families

    •  Somali speaking families

    • Dads

    •  Spanish speaking

    •  LGBT families



    Evening classes – cover the same range of topics as the Birth to K classes and are made available in the evenings to accommodate acessability.

    Family Literacy – Early Childhood Family Education combined with English Language Learning (ELL) classes and parent education for families. Parents must take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) and be between levels 0 and 6. Families learning English attend three days per week with their children who are birth-kindergarten (K) entrance.

    Parenting Across Cultures – a class where families from a variety of cultural backgrounds can share and learn about child development practices in the United States. The classes are conducted in English.

    Parenting Across Generations - a class providing education and support to those who are caring for the child of a family member, friend or neighbor.