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New options for early learning

Kash Merton stops to flash a smile as he made his way up an inflatable challenge at last year's Early Childhood Family Education Family Fun Night. (File photo)

Parents, would you like to get your children involved in school at a younger age?

Osakis Early Childhood Family Education offers a few different options for children from birth to kindergarten.

"Our ECFE program is the first opportunity in which families can all be involved in school," said Jan Campbell, Osakis Preschool and ECFE teacher. "We have a morning and an evening class. These are designed for families to come in together, work on a few projects, play some games, sing some songs, play and share with other kids, have a snack, and then practice separation from parents for a portion of the class time."

Campbell added that the ECFE program also sets up a few "family fun events" for the entire community throughout the year.

Osakis Public Schools also offers a preschool class for 3 and 4 year olds. The classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday either mornings, or afternoons.

"We work on a lot of social skills, self-help skills, as well as language, fine motor and large motor activities," Campbell said.

The school's program for 4 and 5 year olds is expanding this year.

"We will still be offering our half day programming on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, either in the morning or the afternoon," Campbell said. "Plus, we are offering a few full day options either Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Monday through Friday."

The full day options will have access to the latch-key program before and after school as well, she added.

The full-day classes available will be determined by registration numbers. Registration opened March 25.

For more information, call Campell at 320-859-2192, extension 1171, or email

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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