Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Classes
Early Childhood Family Education provides programming and services to families of young children. Parents and caregivers are critical to a young child's development and provide a foundation for young learners' success. Early Childhood Family Education is designed to strengthen and support families through facilitation of parent-child activities by a licensed early childhood teacher and parent discussion by a licensed parent educator. A variety of classes and outreach activities are offered for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with varied topics and interest. Click here for current ECFE offerings.
What does a typical ECFE class include?
The first portion of each class is devoted to activities planned by a licensed early childhood educator for you and your child(ren) to explore together. 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.
Time for your child
This portion of class is for children to have fun learning through play using art, science, movement, fingerplays, games, and stories with the early childhood educator, the paraprofessional and the other children. New friendships are formed and children discover new aspects of me while they are apart from you. The goal of the children's program is to develop a healthy self-concept and a joy of learning.
Time for you
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. Parents and children in baby and selected other classes do not separate. Each toddler class will decide when they are ready for separation.