Hand in Hand Preschool and Early Ventures registration is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Click here to register and for program information. Call the NCEC main office with questions 507.664.3649
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.
Early Childhood Programs
Preparing Children to be Successful Learners
Early childhood programs offer a comprehensive array of coordinated
programs and services that ensure all families and children possess the skills
for continued learning. Parents are supported through resources and
guidance in the development of their child and family, and children birth
through kindergarten entrance are exposed to new experiences through
purposeful interactions and process-oriented learning.
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening includes vision and hearing, height and weight,
immunization review, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication
skills, as well as social and emotional development. Screening is completed by a
teacher or a nurse and is tailored for your child’s age, there is no pass or fail!
This free screening will provide general information about your child’s growth and
development, identify possible health or learning concerns, and connect you with
community resources and programs. Screenings are held at the Northfield Community
Education Center (NCEC), located at 700 Lincoln Parkway.
To schedule a screening: Please call us at 507.645.1200, email us
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule an appointment online. If school is
canceled, screening appointments will be rescheduled. Llame al 507-581-0893 si su hijo
debe ser evaluado en español.
Please click the button below to request an account to start your student’s early childhood screening. We look forward to meeting you and your student(s). Please contact Chris Neset at 507.645.3445 if you need assistance in processing this application. If you need assistance in completing the application in another language, please contact Sebastian Burset at 217.766.5457.
If you prefer to print paper copies and return them for your child’s early childhood screening (one copy per child,) please click the links below, complete the forms, and return them to Northfield Community Education Center (NCEC), located at 700 Lincoln Parkway at your screening appointment.
All forms below are REQUIRED if you print paper copies and need to be returned:
Hand In Hand Preschool
We have openings for the 2023-24 school year! Contact Sara Line at email@example.com for more information
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.
Click here to check out a typical day at Hand in Hand Preschool. (For optimal viewing, please use a web browser). If your child will be absent from Hand in Hand Preschool, please call the attendance line at 507-414-8771 or email here and please call the bus company at 507-645-5720 if you use transportation.
Why choose Hand in Hand?
- All of our teachers have a bachelor’s degree and are licensed by the state.
- We have a low child-to-adult ratio and high parent involvement.
- We work in concert with district kindergarten programs.
- We have an integrated special education program.
- We incorporate flexible learning groups to continuously monitor and respond to different learners.
- We offer access to school specialists, such as occupational, physical and speech therapists.
- Our partners include AmeriCorps and local colleges, high schools and care centers.
- We have convenient child care services available through EarlyVentures.
Registration and Scholarship Information
School Readiness is a public school early childhood program that provides early childhood educational opportunities for children who are at least three years old and not yet in kindergarten.
Check out the 2023-24 Hand in Hand Preschool Calendar here.
Early Childhood Family Education
ECFE is for everyone! The mission of ECFE is to strengthen families and support the
ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and
development of their children. Parents are supported through resources and guidance
in the development of their child and family, and children birth through kindergarten
entrance are exposed to new experiences through purposeful interactions and learning
in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. We offer regular weekly classes, drop-in classes
and one time events!
Our regular classes begin with parent-child interaction time and hands-on art, science,
literacy or music activities. In our classes for older age groups, children get a chance to
practice their independence and peer interaction skills while parents move to another
room for discussion led by a parent educator. In our younger classes parents remain in
the same room. Sibling care is offered for many ECFE classes.
Click here to check out a typical day in ECFE. (For optimal viewing, please use a web browser).
Call 507.664.3649 to register by phone or for more information. Print the registration form to register by mail.
The Goals of ECFE
- Give children opportunities to discover and learn
- Support parents in raising their children
- Offer information about child development and parenting
- Help parents and their children communicate with each other
- Promote positive parental attitudes
- Provide information on community resources
Call 507.645.1232 for more information about classes and for scholarship information if the cost of a class is a hardship for your family.
Early Childhood Consultation/Parent Coaching
Are you looking for extra parenting support? Do you have questions or concerns about
your child’s behavior or development that you would like to discuss privately? Common
questions include eating, sleeping, toilet training, and tantrums. Speak with a licensed
parent educator or early childhood teacher by phone, video, chat or in person at the
NCEC or in your home. This service is free for parents. Call 507-664-3654 for more
information or sign up at http://bit.ly/nfldparentcoaching
Newborn Baby Talk
Baby Talk is a free class for parents with newborns from birth to 12 weeks. Join other parents with newborns from birth to 12 weeks for connection and support. Class runs year-round, except on public holidays. No need to pre-register…just show up. Sibling care is always provided. Please text Ellen at 507-301-7369 with any questions. The NEW class day and time begins Wednesday, September 6th, 2023 from 10:00-11:30. A public health nurse, parent educator, and lactation specialist are available to answer questions about your newborn and provide support and information for your new journey of parenting. Facilitated discussions cover feeding, attachment, sleep, development, family changes, and returning to work. In-person participants have an opportunity to get their baby weighed.
Classes are held at the Northfield Community Education Center, 700 Lincoln Parkway in Northfield. Free sibling care is available each week. Please note that in inclement weather, there will be no in-person class if Northfield Public Schools begin two hours late, or cancel school. If you’d like to attend Baby Talk virtually, please text Ellen at 507-301-7369 to obtain Zoom meeting information.
This program is co-sponsored by Northfield Hospital + Clinics, Northfield Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and Rice County Public Health Nursing Service. For more information, call or text Ellen at 507-301-7369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridges To Kindergarten
Bridges to Kindergarten Bridges to Kindergarten is a free summer program held at each of the elementary schools in August to help ease the transition into kindergarten and provide a boost in readiness skills, such as listening, working in groups, orientation to classroom routines as well as academic activities focused on literacy and math. Bridges to kindergarten is taught by licensed kindergarten and early childhood teachers. Children are placed in the
neighborhood school they will attend. Transportation is available! This year Bridges to
Kindergarten will be held August 14-18 with morning and afternoon options. The
Bridges to Kindergarten registration form can be found here. For more information, call
Teen Parent Program
The Teen Parent Program offers classes for current or expectant parents between the ages of 14 and 21 who are enrolled at the Northfield Area Learning Center. Contact Daryl Kehler (507.645.1238) for more information.
Northfield Community Education Advisory Council (NCEAC)
Purpose: The Community Education Advisory Council plays an important role in shaping the lifelong educational offering available through the Community Education Department, routinely advising staff in programming, budgeting and department development.
2022-23 Meeting Dates: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month (no meeting in July and December)
Location: Northfield Community Education Center, Room 116
Erin Bailey, Emily Blumhoefer, Rosie Sharkey, CJ Riehl-Merrill (student member), Sarah Wolfe, Jeffery Svien, Corey Butler (School Board Representative), Nola Moen, Rebecca Peterson, Andrea Sjogren, Erin Zimmerman.
Census Makes a Difference
Help the school district keep census information up to date. Call us at 507.664.3750 if:
- You have had a baby recently
- You have an infant, toddler or preschooler and have moved into the school district
- Your address and phone number has changed since the birth of your preschool child