The family provides the child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are the child’s first and most important teachers. We support parents in our Early Childhood Education classes. Parent education includes a weekly, twice a month or three times/year parent day for each class. On parent day, parents attend class with the child for play and learn activities, circle time songs and stories followed by parent education discussion led by a licensed parent educator.
See the points below gleaned from a recent survey of parents who participated in ECFE.
- 96% of parents report that participating in Early Childhood Family Education-ECFE helped improve their parenting
- Parents observed positive changes in all five areas of their child’s development after attending ECFE
- Parents reported many benefits from participating in ECFE programs including a greater sense of control over one’s life, higher self-esteem, better problem solving, increased knowledge of child development, recognition of a parent’s role as the child’s teacher, better techniques to manage children’s behavior and less use of restrictive behavior and severe punishment.