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SoWashCo Community Education


SoWashCo Community Education is proud to serve our community by providing lifelong learning for all. Whether you're ready to learn a new skill, prepare your child for early learning or want to share your knowledge with the community, we're here for you. We serve Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, as well as, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships. We are committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships.

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Early Learning News

Screening is recommended at 3 years old and is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. If your child has not yet been screened and is between the ages of 3 and 5, please visit our website for further information or to schedule an appointment:


Early Childhood screening is required by the State of Minnesota for any child entering kindergarten in a public school and is provided free of charge.

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winter clothing drive

To help keep children warm this winter, SoWashCo Community Education is partnering with SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation to help match students in need with new, winter coats, snow pants, boots and waterproof gloves.

Give Help

Volunteers are needed to help staff the winter clothing "shopping" events. 

  • 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15
  • 12-3 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18
  • Located at Basic Needs Offices, 445 Broadway Ave. in St Paul Park

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Support SoWashCo CARES during Give to the Max, Nov. 17

SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation is the community-led non-profit that supports the students, families and staff of SoWashCo Schools. SoWashCo CARES provides basic needs to students and families, access to opportunities, staff appreciation and hosts community-building events. Please consider donating to SoWashCo CARES to support the needs of our students, staff and community.


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Nurturing Young Minds: A Guide to Early Learning Literacy for Parents

Some of my favorite memories both as a child and as a parent center around times of shared reading. Giggling together with surprising characters, going on adventures to faraway places, and learning about the world around us develop into special moments while opening the pages of a book. As parents, we play a crucial role in our children’s development, especially when it comes to their literacy skills. Early learning literacy lays the foundation for a lifelong love of reading, writing, and communication.

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