Early Childhood Family Education
Building Blocks for Family & School Success
Are you pregnant or have a child who hasn't started kindergarten yet? Are you looking for something fun to do with your child to wear off energy and talk with other adults? Register for a class today and experience the joy Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes bring to hundreds of families in our community!
ECFE is a Community Education program that offers fun, educational classes for caregivers and children to attend together. Most classes meet once a week and include:
Family Time: families enjoy a safe classroom filled with developmentally-appropriate learning activities, such as art, blocks, puppets and sensory play. A portion of this time is spent in “circle time” where parents, children and teachers come together to sing, read and participate in literacy-rich music and movement activities.
Adult Discussion: adults join together for a discussion group led by a licensed parent educator. Each session, joys and concerns are shared, in addition to topics pertaining to child development. Depending on the class, discussions occur either within the classroom (non-separating) or in a nearby parent education room (separating).
Children’s Time: while parents are in discussion, children participate in child-directed play-based activities facilitated by a licensed Early Childhood teacher. Teachers prepare the classrooms using developmentally-appropriate, research-based curriculum that focuses on meeting each child’s individual needs and development.
Fall classes typically run from September to December, and Spring classes typically run from January to May. We also have numerous special events held throughout the year. Our classes fill up fast, so make sure to register early! Check out our current class offerings on our registration site, Eleyo, or by viewing our most recent class catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Early Childhood Coordinator: Sarah Fritsch
Early Childhood Secretary: Jeanne Freichels
Teachers: Sarah Fritsch, Molly Ripp , Sara Golder, Heather Kittridge