Parent and Early Childhood Education

Skills for School
The Neighborhood House Skills for School program, for children 3-5 years old, helps our youngest participants develop the skills they will need to enter kindergarten. The curriculum, developed by our licensed Early Childhood Educator, touches on critical areas of development for pre-school aged children. Each day, the children participate in activities that help them learn the fundamentals, such as numbers, letter and colors. Through songs, stories, rhymes and conversation the children naturally improve their language skills, and playtime offers the opportunity to develop great social skills. The Neighborhood House Skills for School program promotes a multi-cultural, multi-lingual setting at both our Wellstone Center and Homecroft School locations. For more information, contact Valerie Dorschner at 651-789-3603 or email.

Early Childhood Home Visits
A cornerstone of the Neighborhood House early childhood program is our in-home visits, where ECE staff can identify child and family needs early and address health issues. During in-home visits, ECE staff provide support for both the children and the parents in setting that promotes positive relationships with the entire family. Staff offer ideas to parents for extending learning and skill-building beyond the classroom, information about child development, and help them navigate the school system so their children are ready for academic success. For  more information, contact Danielle DeRose at 651-789-2533 or email.

Contact Us

Danielle DeRose, child Development Specialist: 651-789-2533 or email

Valerie Dorschner, Licensed Early Childhood Educator: 651-789-3603 or email

Amanda Williams, Parent and Early Childhood Education Program Manager:
651-789-2543 or email

Kuku Paw Lynn, Baby Talks Parent Educator: 651-789-2512 or email