Community Education offers programming to support young children and their families. Preschool and family education help support learning at the earliest developmental stages. Childcare options are available to support working parents and their children by offering enrichment and learning activities during work hours.
The district will host a bus trip to tour the new Owatonna High School on Saturday, Dec. 9, boarding at 12:15 p.m at Northfield High School Door. No. 1. The new Owatonna High School opened this fall.
The tour of Northfield High School, originally scheduled for Dec. 9, is rescheduled for Dec. 12 from 6 pm—8 pm. Meet in the high school media center.
EarlyVentures is a child care center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers licensed by the Department of Human Services. We offer a variety of schedule options and are located at the NCEC. KidVentures is a school-age care program that offers a variety of enrichment and recreation activities. KidVentures is hosted at all elementary schools from 6:30 a.m. to school start and until 6 p.m. after school ends, Monday through Friday.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) provides comprehensive program
offerings, services and resources that educate, support and strengthen
families with children ages birth to kindergarten entrance. It is an enjoyable,
informal place to learn with other kids and parents and to meet new friends.
ECFE classes are held at the Northfield Community Education Center, 700
Hand in Hand Preschool is a public-school preschool that supports and
nurtures young children as they grow, learn and develop. Our licensed
teachers prepare children, ages 3 to kindergarten entrance, for continued
success in the elementary years. Hand in Hand Preschool is located at the
Northfield Community Education Center, 700 Lincoln Parkway.
Early Childhood Screening is a free health and developmental screening that is required
once before a child enters a public preschool or kindergarten. The best age to screen is
3 ½ but we welcome 4- and 5-year-olds who have not been screened. Screenings are
held at the Northfield Community Education Center (NCEC), located at 700 Lincoln
Bridges to Kindergarten
Bridges to Kindergarten is a free summer program held at each of the 3 elementary
schools in August to help ease the transition into kindergarten.