Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) provides children and families with support to grow and helps set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Most ECFE classes include time for children and families to grow together; time for children to explore independent learning; and time for parents/guardians to meet with licensed educators and feel encouraged by the support of others.
The first half hour of each class is devoted to activities planned by a licensed early childhood educator for you and your child(ren) to explore. Together you can enjoy learning through art, music, stories, and a variety of developmental activities. It is also an opportunity to learn new ideas, games, and activities that you can do at home.
Growing Creatively & Cognitively
Each ECFE class has at least one group time. The teacher leads parents and children in song, movement, stories, flannel boards, and much more. During group time, children are learning important skills such as how to self-regulate and pay attention for longer periods of time. Teachers are intentional about pacing and choosing engaging activities to keep children attending and actively participating.
The remaining portion of each class is for children to have fun learning through play using art, science, movement, fingerplays, games and stories with early childhood educators, the paraprofessionals and the other children. New friendships are formed and children discover new aspects of independence while they are apart from parents/guardians. The goal of the children's program is to develop a healthy self-concept and a joy of learning.
While children take part in the children's program, parents join with other parents in an informal group setting for discussion time led by a licensed parent educator. The challenges of being a parent are enjoyable, complex, and at times stressful. Parents have the opportunity to choose and discuss current family topics, share ideas and concerns, and feel encouraged by the support of others.