Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Course Category
About Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Registration for winter/spring 2019 classes begins Wednesday, December 12 at 8 a.m.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers high-quality programs designed to:

- Strengthen parenting skills.
- Discover activities to help children learn.
- See your child thrive and make new friends.

Age-specific classes - offered to help families learn about challenges and opportunities that come with parenting children at each age and stage, while children can interact with peers that have similar developmental skills. Each class includes parent/child time, learning activities for children and parent discussion. The age of the child attending the class must fall within the guidelines during the first week that the class is held.

Mixed-age classes - designed for families with one or more children, ranging in age from birth up to kindergarten. Families with one or more children are welcome. Each class includes a parent/child time, learning activities for children and parent discussion.

Parent education classes - Parents face tremendous challenges and dilemmas while raising children. Parent education classes are designed to meet the needs of today’s families. Classes provide a shared learning experience for moms, dads, and those who work with children.

Playtime sessions - children ages birth to kindergarten to learn and grow through playtime in the early childhood classrooms and gymnasiums. Parents remain with the children during playtime. Each week, new toys, songs and activities are planned to inspire the senses. View the current playtime schedules online at www.ahschools.us/ecfeplaytime

Featured Courses

  • Gearing Up for Kindergarten

    Entering kindergarten is a major transition in the life of a child as well as parents and guardians. Academic and social expectations of children entering kindergarten have changed in recent years. Gain support in your role of preparing your child for success in school. Class focus is on math and literacy skills, social and emotional development, and the parent/guardian role in school success.You and your child will participate in: Activities specifically designed to engage your child in learning. Group activities preparing your child for the classroom. Discussion time pertaining to transitions, kindergarten and child development. Classroom environment where your child will be with a teacher and other children engaging in learning activities and play. Take-home activities designed to reinforce concepts taught in class. Designed for parents/guardians and children who will enter kindergarten fall of 2018. Sibling care is available for children age birth through four. Join us and be ready to help your child gear up for kindergarten. 
  • Family Patterns and Roles: The Impact on Behaviors

    A workshop for home and center-based child care providers sponsored by Anoka-Hennepin Child Care Collaborative.Families play an essential role in the emotional, physical, and social development of individual family members. Research has found that the family's functioning impacts the child's development and behaviors. Families that function in a healthy manner are well equipped to deal with the many normal changes and unexpected crises that confront them throughout their lifetime. By understanding the family patterns and dynamics, providers are able to support families and their functioning in order to help children grow in healthy and supportive environments. You will discuss skills and strategies to support the families they work with.This behavior guidance course meets the licensed family child care annual training requirement (Develop Event ID: 181714). This is an adult-only event – no childcare is provided.About the presenter: Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (III) is the Mental Health Specialist for Reach Up Inc., a Head Start and Early Head Start agency in St. Cloud, MN. Prior to this position she taught preschool for eight years and has had experience working in a day treatment program for preschool children. She provides in-home family therapy and classroom support for children identified with challenging behaviors as well as reflective consultation and therapeutic parent education groups. Tracy also teaches online for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and provides trainings around the Midwest.