Early Childhood Celebrates 40 years!

Farmington Early Childhood Family Education Celebrates 40 year Anniversary
Posted on 10/14/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Farmington Early Childhood Family Education Celebrates 40 year AnniversaryAhead of its time, the 1974 Minnesota Legislature funded the piloting of six Early Childhood Family Education-ECFE programs. Today, ECFE is available statewide and serves thousands of parents and their young children age’s birth to age five each year. This October 20-25, 2014, ECFE celebrates 40 years of educating Minnesota’s families.

Farmington Early Childhood Family Education Department is celebrating Minnesota’s 40th anniversary and Farmington’s 30th anniversary of programming. Special events and activities are planned for local families, parents and children to celebrate all that ECFE has to offer!
Farmington’s ECFE program will begin their anniversary celebration with a Pinterest Page kick off on October 3, 2014. The “Farmington Preschool Kids” Pinterest page will offer advice, crafts and parent/child activities and ideas from early learning educators. Preschool families are invited to attend a free fall festival Friday night class on Friday, October 3 from 5:30-7:0 pm to celebrate Farmington’s Homecoming. Monday, October 6, is the date of the first in a Parenting Series offered by Farmington and Lakeville’s ECFE programs. Dr. Nicholas Clement will lead an interactive workshop discussing current brain research at Lakeville South High School Auditorium in Lakeville. Friday, October 10, a free Baby Shower for new parents and infant will be held from 9:30-11:00 am at Farmington Community Education at Meadowview Elementary. Parents will be showered with resources from the local area and each baby will leave with a bag of goodies. Friday evening, October 10, parents and preschool children are invited to celebrate with another free fall festival class entitled, “Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and Pumpkins” from 6-7:30 pm at Farmington Community Education at Meadowview Elementary. 

ECFE understands the importance of the early years as learning years. Right from birth, parents shape the child’s development, strengthen the parent-child relationship and set the stage for future learning and growth as a family. ECFE supports families by offering a variety of classes to provide education, encouragement and support for both parents and young children.

ECFE offers all parents and their infants, toddlers and preschoolers an opportunity to go to school to play and learn together. ECFE classes are taught by licensed teachers and have three components: 

1. Parent-child activity time to enhance the child’s language, pre-reading and math skills.
2. Parent education time to share ideas and support and to discuss topics like babies and sleep, keeping up with a toddler, child development, temperament traits, discipline techniques, family fun ideas and more. 
3. Child only playtime when children continue to play and learn as parents attend parent education time.

The original intent of creating ECFE was grounded in research that linked the quality of the child’s development from birth to kindergarten age with later school success. That research has been proven many times over. In the last four decades, ECFE has supported parents as their child’s first teachers by offering parent-child classes.

More information and a list of all activities, including the Halloween Walk and ECFE Birthday Week are available at www.ECFEfamily.com or by calling (651) 460 3200. 
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