ECFE Classes & Creative Play Center

Welcome to Fridley Early Childhood Family Education! We offer a variety of family classes for both parents and children, from infant to five-years-old.

ECFE classes and events are open to anyone who wishes to participate, however, Fridley school district residents will be given first priority. You will be contacted only if the class is filled or cancelled.

To view current class offerings, dates and times, please click here to view this season's Community Education catalog.

Register for a class
There are several ways to register for an ECFE class. You can register online at, by phone with Visa, MasterCard or Discover, in person at the Fridley Community Center main office, or by mail (click here for printable form) and address to: Fridley Community Center, 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley, MN 55432.

Registration is required for all classes. For more information or questions, please call Valerie Anderson at 763-502-5143. All options apply for use with the sliding fee schedule based on your combined yearly income.

Please note: 12 Visit Punch Cards expire after 6 months


parent child classes

Parent and Child classes are designed for parents and children to have fun together while they are learning. Children learn social skills, as well as other school readiness skills, that are appropriate for their age. Parents meet with a licensed parent educator to discuss issues relevant to parenting young children. Moms and dads, grandparents and caregivers can participate and are invited to attend.

Classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Fees are charged according to a sliding fee schedule based on household income. We offer: 

Non-separating classes:

Parents and children stay together during the entire class.

Separating classes:

During the first part of the class, parents and children participate in activities together. During the second part of the class, the children will enjoy learning and playing with other children under the supervision of our Early Childhood Teacher while parents participate in a parent education group.

Creative Play Center

Creative Play Center is a drop-in play center, located in the Fridley Community Education Center in room 135. Join us for enriching activities including: daily crafts, painting, sensory play, blocks, puzzles, and imagination centers. In addition to these, at least one structured activity is planned each session and may include: gym, music and movement, parachute play, storytime and outdoor activities.

Our Parent Educator of Early Childhood Family Education is always available as a resource person for parents and their children. A number of special activities are also offered for family participation.


The Creative Play Center is open mid-September through mid-May.

Days: Mondays

Time: 9:45 - 11:45 a.m.

general information

the fall 2021 catalog is here!
Click above to view the Fridley Community Education Catalog. ECFE/Preschool information listed on pages 27-34.


Valerie Anderson
Early Childhood Coordinator
& Parent Educator


Mora Slifka
Early Childhood Screener
& Early Childhood Teacher

763 502-5157

All classes held at:
Fridley Community Center
6085 7th Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432


ECFE Advisory Council

Are you in an ECFE class?  Do you come to the Creative Play Center? Or are you an interested community member?  We invite you to join our Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council advises Fridley Community Education and advocates for its programs.  The councils input and planning has been looked upon to guide community needs, and activities for families in your neighborhood.  We strive to expand resources and strengthen a community of active members together. If you are interested in joining, please contact Valerie Anderson at 763-502-5143.