Early Childhood Family Education ( ECFE )
Learn and Grow!
ECFE focuses on building relationships and enriching learning experiences for families with children birth to pre-kindergarten.
At ECFE, children learn and play in all kinds of ways.
*spend time with an important grown-up in his/her life
*have room to crawl, toddle and run
*build and sort and count
*practice being a friend
*sing and dance
*play make believe
*learn about language
*listen to stories during circle time
AND grown-ups learn too!
Grown-ups have their own time together with a licensed parent and family educator to talk about how children grow and develop, to discuss ideas about families and to learn skills.
Grown-ups learn that each family has strengths and
discovers what works best for their family.
What does and ECFE class look like?
ECFE Non-Separating classes
A typical class for infants or toddlers and their parents is one and a half hours in length. Parents and children enjoy floor time activities, lots of interaction and an informal parenting discussion on development, expectations and other parenting issues chosen by the group. Some non-separating classes are for children birth to pre-kindergarten and focus on intentional play between parents and children.
Parents and children do not separate for these classes.
ECFE Separating Classes
Offered as "age-specific" or "birth to pre-kindergarten", these classes are usually two hours long. First, there is parent/child time. Relax and enjoy some one-on-one time with your child to take his or her lead, observe his/her actions and respect your child's activity choices.
Second, parents say ther good-byes and meet togeter in a parent room for discussion, idea sharing and support from other parents and a trained parent educator. During parent discussion, children enjoy planned and supervised play, and learning activities with their peers and early childhood staff. Third, parents rejoin their children to sing the good-bye song. See you soon!
191 ECFE Classes are held in two locations:
Diamondhead Education Center (DEC) - lower level
200 W. Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
4735 W 123rd St
Savage, MN 55378
Some classes fill quickly.
If you prefer to mail your registration send to: