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Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE)

ECFE is a Minnesota Department of Education program that offers joint parent/child classes for children from newborn to kindergarten in every school district in Minnesota.  It is a wonderful way to connect with other parents in your neighborhood, engage in fun activities with your children and talk about family and parenting.

I took my first ECFE class when my oldest son was 6 weeks old.  It was a new parent class so everyone in the class was a first-time parent of a newborn.  Parenting a newborn is an intense experience and having a group of people who are going through that same experience at the same time was an invaluable source of support.   Several of the mothers I met in that class are still some of my closest friends.

I took several more ECFE classes in the next few years.  The classes felt like a moms group, preschool class, social hour and resource for all my burning child-related questions wrapped in one.  I looked forward to them every week.

Even though my kids are in elementary school now I still refer back to things I learned from ECFE.

Check out the ECFE website for more information and classes.

http://ecfe.info/ecfe-home/

Catherine

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