Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance.  The program is offered through Minnesota public school districts.  ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers.  ECFE works to strengthen families.  ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth. 

The Minnesota Department of Education provides support to local school districts to provide high-quality parenting education to families within their communities.

  •  - 8/12/15
  •  - 10/29/13
    Information about the MDE process for Lease Levy for Space for ECFE Programs updated 2013.
  •  - 8/3/12
    Suggestions for implementing guidelines as required by Minnesota Statute.
  • Home Visiting in Early Childhood Family Education – Fact Sheet - 11/23/11
  • Program Outreach in Early Childhood Family Education Programs - 11/23/11
  • Timeline History of Early Childhood Family Education - 11/23/11
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood Family Education: Philosophy and Implementation - 11/23/11
  • Types of Direct Service in Early Childhood Family Education  - 11/4/11
    Classification of ECFE services for planning and communication purposes
  • Teacher Licensure Clarification - Early Childhood Family Education - 11/3/11
    Brief description of teacher licensures required for Early Childhood Family Education (2007)