Overview

  • The mission of Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.  Established in 1974, it is the largest and oldest program of its kind in the country and has been cited as a national model for parent education and family support.  ECFE provides a place for parents to learn about and practice important parenting and family life skills and build trusting relationships with other parents from their community.

    Why start before preschool?

    Brain research confirms the first three years are an extremely critical period in a child's development. This is especially true in the areas of language, social skills and the foundation of intelligence. An infant's daily interactions with caregivers actually determine the structure of some areas of the brain itself. Getting involved in ECFE can help parents be better equipped to deal with the challenges of caring for these rapidly developing infants and toddlers.

    Mounds View Public Schools ECFE classes provide parent-child and parent education time for children that are infants to kindergarten entry.  Licensed and experienced early childhood teachers and family educators lead classes focused on child/parent development to enhance your child’s social relationships, creativity, literacy, language, pre-reading and math skills.  One day a week classes are available at both our Early Childhood and Snail Lake Education Centers.

    Both caregivers and children participate together. There are two different types of ECFE classes available to families, non separating and separating.

    Non-separating:

    • Parent and Child Time: Class includes a parent and child interaction time, circle time with books, songs and activities all designed to enhance a child’s learning. Parents also get great ideas to take home to enjoy with the whole family.
    • Parent Time: Parents participate in a discussion led by a licensed parent educator. The parent discussion focuses on research-based topics related to both child and parent learning, and also allows time to connect with other parents of young children. You are present in the classroom with your child and the teachers.  

    Separating:

    • Parent and Child Time: Class includes a parent and child interaction time, circle time with books, songs and activities all designed to enhance a child’s learning. Parents also get great ideas to take home to enjoy with the whole family.
    • Parent Time: Parents participate in a discussion led by a licensed parent educator. The parent discussion focuses on research-based topics related to both child and parent learning, and also allows time to connect with other parents of young children.
    • Children’s Time: While the parents are in the discussion in another room, children are learning through play, activities, songs and literature designed to enhance development, creativity and imagination. 

    Research confirms that children whose parents are involved in their education and learning are more successful in school.

    Click here for our current classes.

    SAVE THE DATE!   ECFE Spring Semester Dates: April 12 - May 21, 2021

    Registration will open on March 8, 2021 at 8 a.m.

    Classes may be similar to the fall and winter classes.  We need time to determine if they will be in person or continue online.  We appreciate your patience during this COVID-19 school year.  We look forward to seeing you!