Early Childhood/
Family Education&

Teacher :Kayla Ekstrom
Parent Facilitator: Roxanne Mennenga
​Coordinator: Sherri Ettesvold

What is ECFE?
Early Childhood family Education (ECFE) is where moms, dads and their children between birth and kindergarten go to
Discover new things about each other by spending valuable time together and apart.
ECFE was created to support and strengthen families- the first and most important influences on the development of young children- through information, education, and networking. Some classes focus on specific age groups while others include activity for the whole family. Weekly classes are about 1 ½ hours in length. The class schedule includes:
  • Parent and Child Interaction Time
During the first portion of the class period, parents and children explore learning stations designed to help children’s overall growth and give parent’s ideas for activities at home.
  • Parent Discussion Time
During the second portion of the class, a parent group facilitator provided resources and leads discussion about child development, parenting techniques, and current issues concerning today’s families.
  • Guided Play and Learning Experiences for Children
During parent discussion time, a licensed early Childhood teacher and an aide work
Directly with the children, providing experiences which encourage skills in sharing, socializing and relating to friends their own age.
Quality Sibling Childcare is available for siblings not enrolled in class. Their playtime is supervised by caring, nurturing adults.
ECFE has something for your family, something for your children, and something especially for you. What’s really special though, is time to talk with other parents. You’ll learn from them and they’ll learn from you.

We ask the parents share in providing juice and snacks for class. There will be  sign-up sheets in parent discussion. We ask that you also provide cups and napkins. Please bring enough snacks and / or juice for the children in your class plus the children that may be in sibling care.
Juice and small cups
Please bring 100% real juice. Frozen concentrate or bottled juice id fine. We do have a picture to mix it in. Please refrain from bringing Hi-C, Kool-Aid or other fruit juice. These drinks are high in sugar and low in fruit juice.
Snacks and napkins
Most children prefer simple foods. Please don’t feel that you need to prepare anything elaborate. Remember that this is just a snack. Portions can be small. One banana or an apple can be cut in half or thirds to feed to children.
Simple Super Snacks
Fresh fruit, raisins, dried fruit,
Vegetable pieces, crackers (with peanut butter),
Cheese, finger jello, whole grain muffin or quick bread, trail mix, cheese sticks.
Toys from home
We highly discourage children bringing toys from home. It is difficult for children to share these and frequently they are left and/ or lost.
We do however encourage you to bring security objects such as blankets and pacifiers to ease the separation.
Sick Children
Please keep your child home if he has a fever or has had one in the last 24 hours. Please keep your child home if he/she is throwing up or has had diarrhea. If the teacher discovers illness we inform you immediately.

Early Childhood and Family Education


THE BUILDIND BLOCKS TO OUR FUTURE!                                          

ECFE- A great place to start new relationships!  Meet parents that are finding that raising children is not such an easy task!
Learn with others on things that work and things that do not work. Parents love the time they spend  together.
          We offer great parent discussion topics and time for parents to take a break! You can meet with other parents, voice opinions and pass on great ideas and tips!!
Each program has a parent involvement committee comprised of parents who represent participating families. This committee provides assistance in program planning and evaluation, resource development, community relations, and a volunteer source for the program. Licensed Parent Educators and Early Childhood teachers provide planned activities for the children. The programs work closely with education and health and human service agencies to assist parents and children in obtaining other needed services.
 (ECFE) is a program available to all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten enrollment. It recognizes that families provide Early Childhood and Family Education children’s first and most important learning environments and parents are their children’s first and most significant teachers. It is the mission of ECFE to strengthen families and support the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. ECFE programs include the following components for children and parents.
  • Play time and learning activities for children
    • Parents/ Child activities
    • Parent discussion groups
    • Special events for the entire family
    • Home visits
    • Early screening for health and developmental problems
    • Information on other community resources for families and young children
    • Library of books, toys, and other learning materials
                        *NOTE DAY CHANGE!
Multi Age

Ages birth to 5 years at Granada ECFE Room 106

   *   Tuesday’s   from 3:30-4:45 pm

Tuesday's April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
All classes require registration. This will help to identify the needs of each class and to determine amount of staff needed. We are always looking for more families’ to join us at ECFE!
*Call the ECFE room at 507-447-2211 to register or e-mail:
           BE WATCHING FOR MORE ECFE CLASSES TO BE COMING!                                     
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