Child & Family Support Services
Our program provides services to Minnetonka families whose children, ages birth to kindergarten, are showing challenging behaviors in the home or in their early childhood setting. Please call 952-401-6820 or email Amanda Erisgen for more information.
School Readiness funding provides preschool tuition assistance to families who meet eligibility criteria. Please email Jennifer Wenner at or call her at 952-401-6815 for more information.
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is a free, developmental check-up required by the state of Minnesota for all preschool-aged children planning to attend a public kindergarten. Visit the Minnetonka Early Childhood Screening page for more information .
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education is our District's program that provides early intervention for young children, age birth to kindergarten, who show developmental delay in the general areas of: cognitive, speech and language, large and fine motor skills, adaptive/functional skills, vision or hearing losses, and/or social and emotional skills.
If your child receives a formal evaluation to identify specific needs, trained ECSE teachers and specialists will work with you and your child to develop his or her greatest potential. From birth to age three, these Special Education services are delivered to your child primarily in your home or childcare center. From age three to Kindergarten, your child can receive these services at our Minnetonka Community Education Center. Visit the Early Childhood Special Education page for more information.
Request a HUG visit
Minnetonka Schools and HUG offer free home visits to all families in our District with children from birth to one year old. The visit includes a gift from Early Childhood Family Education, a HUG book of fun play ideas for you and your baby, and information on resources and support. If you would like to request a FREE home visit, please call 952-401-6815 or email Stacey Koehler.
In the United States, one in seven mothers will suffer from prenatal or postpartum depression and over half of women experiencing symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy will not receive treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder, visit www.jennyslight.org to find resources and support. It is also important to speak with your doctor or a mental health professional as soon as possible.
Minnetonka Preschool & ECFE PTO
The Minnetonka Preschool and ECFE PTO is made up of parents of children in the ECFE and Preschool classes. The purpose of the PTO is to support and enhance ECFE and Preschool programs through advocacy, community outreach, fundraising and volunteering. We also serve as the Advisory Council for the program, providing valuable feedback to administration. The PTO sponsors events such as Family Dance Party, Connect and Play, Legislative Coffee, Preschool Open House, and the Spring Picnic.
We meet on the second Thursday of the month, alternating between day and evening meetings. Childcare is provided during daytime meetings. All are welcome. Meetings are usually attended by program staff, school board members and district administration and are a great way to learn more about what is going on district-wide. There are many volunteer opportunities available as well. If you are interested in volunteering, attending a meeting, joining the PTO or have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Talk Webinars
Parent Talk is for parents of children birth to age five. Using web conferencing software, that we provide, parents can enjoy unhurried discussion time with other moms and dads who share a desire to grow as parents. Best of all, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and don't need to worry about a babysitter!
- How to Handle Fears and Worries by Dana Teller, Program Manager for Minnetonka Child & Family Support
- Toilet Independence, An Intrinsic Reward by Nicki Murphy, Parent Educator
- Big Feelings and Disappointments: Helping Children Cope by Dana Teller, Program Manager for Minnetonka Child & Family Support
- Promoting Social Emotional Growth by Nicki Murphy, Parent Educator
- How to Select a Preschool Program by Deb Hughes, Minnetonka Preschool Teacher