Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a unique program that offers parents the opportunity to “go to school” and learn along with their child. We know that parents are their children's first and most important teachers. It has been proven that children whose parents are involved in their early education are more successful in school. These parents also tend to be more active in their child’s continuing education.
- ECFE is state supported and is the largest early childhood program in the state. It is a program for all families in Minnesota with young children birth to age 5. Stillwater Area Public Schools has offered ECFE to families since 1985.
- ECFE is recognized nationally as a unique and effective educational model that supports parents and children in the most critical stages of child development.
- ECFE class fee is based on a sliding fee schedule. Each family pays according to their income. No family is turned away due to the inability to pay the class fee.
- ECFE teachers have a Minnesota teaching license.
- ECFE provides inclusive programming at the preschool level. We recognize the best environment for all children, including those who are learning English and those with disabilities, is usually an environment that supports children as they learn and grow together.
How often do ECFE classes meet?
ECFE classes meet once a week for 1 1/2 hours September to May.
Where do ECFE classes meet?
At the Early Childhood Family Center in Stillwater.
Who may attend ECFE classes?
One parent and their child attend an ECFE class together. However, both parents, grandparents or guardians may also attend classes with a child. For an additional fee, child care is provided for other sibilings while children attend class with their parent/guardian.