Parent Aware ratings are provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. ECFE, Head Start and child care sites are all eligible to apply. Sleepy Eye ECFE received word their application was approved as a four star rated site. Certain curriculums are accepted as meeting the state standards for early childhood, as well as having certified teachers on staff. It also allows families to apply for the early childhood scholarships offered the next two years. Hopefully this information will arrive in time for the preschool open houses that will be held next month.
School Readiness open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. and Discovery Time open house is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Letters of invitation will be sent to those families who are enrolled in the programs.
An ECFE newsletter will be mailed in the next couple of weeks. It will include information about the ECFE classes as well as special events. ECFE classes planned so far are:
3-5s on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 17 for nine sessions. Times are 9-10:30 a.m., 4:30-6 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.
Two year olds will begin on Monday, Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. for nine sessions.
Toddlers are planned for Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 3 for six sessions this fall.
Newsletters are mailed to families currently on the census list. If you are new to the district, please inform this office of your address.
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A fall brochure of events in Community Education will be included in the Brown County Reminder on Monday, Aug. 26. Be sure to save this page as it will include activities through December.
One of the most popular classes is 55 Alive Mature Driving. The first two offerings will be for the four hour renewal class. Classes will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m., or Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m.
A Computer Skills class is scheduled for Mondays at 3:30 p.m. starting Sept. 9. It will include e-mail, online job search, Microsoft office and Learner Web. A Computer Skills tutor can be lined up as well. This option is held once a week for two hours.
Quilting classes will be held the second Saturday of the month with the first one on Sept. 14.
There is still space on the bus for the Minnesota State Fair trip on Monday, Aug. 26. The bus is full for the outing to the "Church Basement Ladies" on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Clay County Fair trip will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10, which is the only Senior Citizen Day this year.
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The Community Education office is located in Room 109 of the Sleepy Eye High School. School day hours are generally 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Since staff is part-time, they may not always be in the building. You can call and leave a message on voice mail, 507-794-7873, and we will get back to you with more information. Another option is to e-mail staff with questions and to sign-up. Addresses are on the school website.