Newborn Baby Talk
Newborn Baby Talk is a free class for parents with newborns, from birth to 12 weeks, that provides support, information and resources related to various aspects of your baby’s life, such as feeding, sleeping, attachment and when to call a medical caregiver. Co-sponsored by the Northfield Public Schools ECFE program, Rice County Public Health Nursing Service and the Northfield Hospital, classes are held every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Northfield Community Resource Center, except on public holidays. No pre-registration is required. Sibling care is available upon request. Call 507.664.3754 for details.
Bridges To Kindergarten
Bridges to Kindergarten is a summer program held at each of the elementary schools to provide a boost in readiness skills, such as listening and working in groups, and to otherwise prepare students for the start of their kindergarten year. The program includes orientation to classroom routines and procedures and academic activities focused on literacy and math. Children who qualify for participation are placed in classrooms in the building where they will attend kindergarten. All are encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed and placement priority is given to children with certain risk factors that are known to have an impact on learning and/or school readiness. If you are not sure if your child is ready for Bridges to Kindergarten, this qualifications document may help.
Bridges to Kindergarten meets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, for three weeks in August. For more information about applying, please call 507.664.3750.
Please send the application below to: Community Services, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057
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
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.
Early Childhood Initiative Coalition
The mission of the Northfield ECIC is to educate, activate and mobilize the entire community on the issues affecting young children from birth to age five. ECIC is a community-based campaign to assure that every young child in the Northfield community has the support they need to have a solid foundation for life. Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except July) in the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC). Please call Mary Hansen at 507.664.3750 for more information.
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is a free health and development screening that is required by the state of Minnesota to be completed once before a child enters public school preschool or kindergarten. Vision, hearing, growth, immunization status and development are checked by trained staff.
2017-18 screening dates:
Screenings are held in room 223 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), located at 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Please call 507.645.1200 or email Martha Donahoe to schedule a screening or for more information.
- September 12, 16
- October 2, 10, 14, 26
- November 7, 11, 13, 16
- January 9, 13, 18
- February 5, 10
- March 5, 10, 15
- April 3, 9, 14, 19
- May 1, 7, 10, 12
Northfield Family School is for English language learners who have children ages 0 – 5. This class focuses on literacy, parenting, school readiness, and fun educational activities, as well as job and life skills. Parents and children enjoy reading, art and sensory activities together, followed by a lively group time. Children experience activities that enhance literacy development, language acquisition and social skills while parents attend a parenting group or receive English instruction.
Classes are held from 1 – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Northfield Community Resource Center. For more information call Gabriela Nieves at 507.301.2144.