• Edina's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

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     What is Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)?

    ECFE is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth through kindergarten entrance. The program is unique to Minnesota, supported by the legislature, and offered only through public school district community education programs like ours.

    ECFE acknowledges that families are a child’s first and most important teachers. Therefore, ECFE programs focus on giving parents and caregivers support and community to help create stronger families, stronger communities and engaged, lifelong learners of all ages.

    ECFE offers:

    • Support for your role as a parent
    • Current, research-based information on child development
    • Fun, experiential learning activities for young children
    • Connections to community resources
    • Relationships with other parents in the community
    • Full-year and short-term classes in addition to scheduled playtime and special events
    • Sibling care during parent education

    4 babies lie in a row on the colorful carpet as part of a class. A Day in the Life: A Typical Early Childhood Family Education Class

    Parent-Child Activity Time

    Together, you and your child enjoy a classroom filled with developmentally-appropriate play and learning activities.

    Parent Discussion

    For a portion of class time, you’ll meet with other parents and a licensed parent educator to share experiences and information regarding child development and parenting techniques. Time is set aside for sharing your joys and concerns and ask questions that are part of everyday life with a young child. This parent discussion component can occur either in the same room with your child (non-separating classes), or parents can adjourn to a separate nearby classroom for discussion (separating classes).

    Children’s Activity Time

    While you are focusing on the parent discussion, children learn and play with licensed early childhood teachers. Children will practice social skills and enjoy music, art, stories, dramatic play and creative movement.

A baby sits on his mother's lap while she smiles at him
Quote: Friendship. I've met some of my very best friends here and had some of the best support I could ask for." -parent
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