Early Childhood Family 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.

Who Can Participate in ECFE?

ECFE is a parenting education program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. School districts that have a PreK-Third Grade initiative may offer programming for parents with children up to third grade, in order to support continued parent engagement in children's learning and development.

How is ECFE Offered?

The ECFE program is offered through Minnesota public school districts often times in partnership with other community or early learning programs. Learning opportunities through ECFE may occur in a variety of settings, such as the families’ homes, district or community sites, and online parenting education and support. Programming and education services often include parents/caregivers and children, but it may just include parents/caregivers. ECFE is provided by teachers who are licensed in early childhood and/or parenting education by the state of Minnesota. Check with your local school district to find out what ECFE programs are available to you and your family.

How Do I Find Local ECFE Program Information?
Search online by county, school district or city to find early childhood programs near you, including Early Childhood Screening, Head Start, Even Start, Early Childhood Family Education, and School Readiness.

Your public school district program can connect you with many resources.

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What is the Minnesota Department of Education’s Role?

The Minnesota Department of Education provides program implementation information, oversight, funding and support to educators and administrators in local school districts to offer high-quality ECFE programming and services to parents and families within their communities.