Early Childhood Family Education, or ECFE, is a public school program offered to all Minnesota families with children from birth to kindergarten. Hutchinson’s ECFE program is located between West Elementary and Hutchinson High School in the “little brown building”.

ECFE’s model supports and strengthens families by providing educational classes, home visits, family events, field trips and other special events for parents and their children.

ECFE programs are based on best practices and include parent/child interaction time, early childhood education and parent education. ECFE classes are taught by licensed teachers who have degrees in early childhood education and or parent education.

Brain research confirms that the early years are an extremely critical time in a child’s development. By offering a variety of opportunities for parents and children to grow and learn together, ECFE classes support a child’s development socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

ECFE is also able to support a family’s first positive connection with the public school system, which in turn creates a smoother transition to kindergarten and the K-12 system for both the child and his/her parents. ECFE provides this connection by engaging families and encouraging parents to become involved in their child’s learning from birth on.

Other benefits that ECFE provides to families include: support, focused time for parent and child, a home environment, positive adult/child interactions, familiarity in the community, positive connections, encouragement and social interactions.

Research confirms that children whose parents are involved in their early learning years are more successful in school. ECFE is eager and ready to support you and your child during these formative years.

Call Hutchinson ECFE at 320-587-8908 for more information or to enroll in one of our many available program opportunities.

Marijean Storlie is coordinator of Early Childhood Family Education at Hutchinson Public Schools. You, Your Kids & School is a twice-a-month column from Hutchinson Public Schools.

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