Early Childhood Family Education
Resources for Parents and Families

What is ECFE?

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) recognizes that parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE offers parents hands-on learning experiences that will nourish a lifetime of teachable moments.

All ECFE classes are taught by licensed early childhood teachers and parent educators to provide the quality education parents are looking for.

Together, parents and children, newborn to kindergarten age, participate in activities and experiences that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language skills.

ECFE teachers use the Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework and Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards provided through the Minnesota Department of Education.

A typical ECFE class includes:

Parent-Child Interaction.

Time where parent and child together enjoy a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate learning activities.

Parent Education.

provides relevant, effective education and support that encourages a healthy environment for the growth and development of families.

Children’s Activity Time.

During parent education time, children explore, gain independence, and practice social skills while under the supervision of a licensed children’s teacher.

Minnesota Parents Know

Extensive child development, learning and health information is available on the state of Minnesota website. This website was designed just for parents and those that work with families to provide research-based, trusted parenting information starting at birth. The website features weekly podcasts, monthly webinars and videos on a wide variety of topics especially for parents of young children. www.MNParentsKnow.info

The Benefits of ECFE

Watch our 5 minute video describing ECFE and its benefits to children, parents and the community. Watch “The Benefits of ECFE”

Where do I find a local ECFE program?

Search for a nearby ECFE program by linking to the Minnesota Department of Education’s Early Learning Services website.

Call your local school district for more information.