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Welcome to ECFE / School Readiness

8 months ago

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, "Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is based on the idea that parents provide their child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are children's first and most enduring teachers. ECFE works to support you as a parent/caregiver and to strengthen and empower families. The goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environments for their child's learning and development."

The program is for all Minnesota families with children from birth through the start of kindergarten. ECFE is provided by teachers who are licensed in early childhood and/or parenting education by the state of Minnesota.

Leadership


Yvette Randall is the WEM ECFE/School Readiness Coordinator and Lead Teacher.

Classes


Class #1 and #2 are non-separating classes. They are designed as a playgroup for children to become comfortable in the classroom without added anxiety of separating from the parent. A parent educator will be available to discuss developmental joys and concerns. Classes are 8 weeks.

Class #1 Amazing Babies: Birth to 15 months of age

Get a great start with your little one. Let your baby experience new sights and sounds while you enjoy meeting other parents with children around the same age. This will be a non-separating class. Must have 5 enrolled to hold class.

  • Fall Session begins Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Winter Session begins Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Spring Session begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Waterville Early Childhood Classroom 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    

$40

Class #2 Busy Bees: 16 to 32 months of age

This class is designed to meet the needs of the busy toddlers by allowing them to explore and investigate the world around them. We will introduce your child to new experiences that are age-appropriate. This will be a non-separating class. Must have 5 enrolled to hold class.

  • Fall Session begins Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Winter Session begins Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Spring Session begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Waterville Early Childhood Classroom 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

$45

Educational Benefits are available for the above classes. Parents need to fill out a brief form. After staff reviews the form, benefits could be as follows:

  • Tier 1: $40.00/$45.00
  • Tier 2: $30.00/$33.75
  • Tier 3: $20.00/$22.50

Class #3 Little Learners: 33 months to 4 years of age

Class #3 is a separating class. It begins with parent/child time. During this time, a licensed preschool teacher plans age-appropriate activities for you to enjoy with your child. Partway through the class, parents will leave the room and participate in a discussion group facilitated by a parent educator, while the children play together in the early childhood room. Classes are 8 weeks.

These classes are a time of discovery. Let your child take the lead and learn more about the world around them through hands-on experiences with themes that change weekly. Children’s expanding imagination and interest in peers allow parents to meet and discuss developmental issues. This will be a separating class. Must have 5 enrolled to hold the class.

  • Fall Session begins Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Winter Session begins Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Spring Session begins Thursday, March 19, 2020

Waterville Early Childhood Classroom 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

$70.00

Educational Benefits are available for the above classes. Parents need to fill out a brief form. After staff reviews the form, benefits could be as follows:

  • Tier 1: $70.00
  • Tier 2: $52.50
  • Tier 3: $35.00

Miscellaneous


Ages are as of September 1st, 2019. Immunization records are required for all children.

Sib-Care is available by request for all evening classes at $3.00 per time/$5.00 per family per time.

Questions?


To learn more about ECFE and School Readiness at WEM, follow the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ECFE page on Facebook, or contact Yvette Randall, WEM ECFE/School Readiness Coordinator and Lead Teacher at yrandall@wem.k12.mn.us.