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Mission of ECFE
Mission of ECFE

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. The program is offered through Minnesota Public School district. ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth. This is an opportunity all parents and young children can benefit from!

  • Classes are 1.5 to 2 hours in length and meet weekly, mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. MPS offers two semesters during the school year with classes running 14-17 weeks each semester. 
  • Parents and young children attend together.
  • Infant and Early Ones classes (0-18 months) are non-separating classes. Parents and children stay together in the Early Childhood room for playtime and parenting discussion.
  • Classes for children 18 months - 5 years are separating classes.  Parents and children spend a portion of the class doing fun, developmentally appropriate learning activities together in the Early Childhood room. The second portion is a parent discussion in the Parent Education room where parents discusss parenting topics and how best to encourage and support their children's learning and development.
  • Culturally specific classes are offered in several languages - Spanish, Somali, Oromo and Amharic.
  • The Early Childhood Teachers and Parent Educators are licensed teachers in the state of Minnesota.
  • Classes are offered at 8 different school sites throughout Minneapolis.
  • Cost is based on a sliding fee scale and no one is turned away for inability to pay.