What is ECFE?
Early Childhood Family Education
We recognize that parents are a child's first and most significant teachers, ECFE offers a variety of classes and resources for parents and children from birth through kindergarten age. ECFE helps build healthy families and sets the stage for parent involvement and children’s success in Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.
What does a typical ECFE class include?
Most ECFE classes meet once a week and include:
Parent-Child Activity Time, where families explore a classroom filled with developmentally appropriate play and learning activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher;
Parent Discussion Time, where parents meet with a licensed parent educator to share support, experiences and information about child development and parenting techniques;
Children’s Activity Time, where children learn with the licensed early childhood teacher and paraprofessional and practice social skills as they interact with each other.
What are the benefits of ECFE?
ECFE works to strengthen families and engage the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy development of their children. Parents participate in educational activities with their children, and support each other by sharing their successes and challenges.
Research on early brain development, parent-child relationships, child development and guidance techniques are presented as practical information for parents.
For District-Specific ECFE Info for 2019-20
Early Childhood Fees:
$65 for 1 child / 1 class; $90 for multiple children / same family / same class.
South Country Health Alliance members are eligible for free classes.
Scholarships are available. Fees may also be waived when appropriate.
Payments will be accepted at class, the start week.