ECFE Classes and Curriculum


ECFE Class options: 

Coffee and Conversation Online 
Meet with other parents to talk about life as a parent. We can discuss current situations and share ideas with each other. You can be at home sipping coffee and chatting with friends online through ECFE. Lisa, Licensed Parenting Educator, will facilitate discussions and bring ideas of things to talk about. Life is easier with support. 

Meets Mondays, 9:00-10:00 am on Google Meets. Register by sending an email to No Fee for this class 

Pop In & Play Time 
Take time to play with your child at school in the ECFE classroom. You can explore and interact in a variety of ways including doing puzzles, building with clocks, creating art, discovering in the sensory table, dancing to music and listening to a story. (This could be a second class for families.) 

Meets Mondays, 10:30-11:30 am **No registration required, pay when you come.Fee is $3.00 per child or $5.00 per family per class. Punch cards are available. 

We will not meet on Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2, 16, Feb. 20, Apr. 10, May 22 & 29 

On Tuesdays we do Storytime at the Public Library from 9:30-10:15am and thenExplore and Play Time on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 in various locations. Watch ourFacebook page for more information each week. No registration required for either of these activities. 

Busy Buddies 
Stories, music, puzzles, creative projects, movement activities and other learning activities will be available for the variety of ages in these classes. 

Parents will discuss the wonders and challenges of parenting in a separate classroom during the second half of class with the licensed Family Educator, while the children continue to explore and learn with the licensed Early Childhood Educator and assistant in their classroom. 

Parents with children 1 year old to kindergarten enrollment age can attend this class together.Infants may accompany parents with siblings and stay with the parent during Parent Group Time. 

Time options: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9:30-11:30am or Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm.Fee: See sliding fee scale

Playland Playtime 
Get up and go play at school in our movement based learning class in January and February. We will explore Playland, use the parachute, play games, and use music for movement during this class.It will be a good time to use extra energy and meet new friends. This is a non-separating class with activities for 2-5 years in mind. 

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm Fee: See sliding fee scale 

Tiny Tots 
Looking for a class for your one-year-old? Join other parents and toddlers for a class just for their age. Toddlers love to take off and explore if their parents are close by. The parent discussion time will take place in the classroom where the toddlers can check in with their parents as they want to. 

This is a non-separating class for 12-24 month olds. Younger siblings are welcome. Please registerAll children , including siblings, who will be attending class. 

Meets on Mondays, watch the newsletter for class and times or check under Browse CatalogTab. Fee: Sliding fee scale. 

To register, click on the Browse Catalog tab. Select ECFE link, Parent/Child classes link, pick class and register each child participating. Fee is per family, per session(Fall, Winter or Spring). When creating a profile for a child, select 0-5 age category and complete Contact Info for parents under that tab option in profile. 


Teachers in the Thief River Falls ECFE program do not use a specific curriculum to plan their class lessons; they take into account the specific needs and desires of the members of each individual ECFE class. Children learn through play-- play with purpose. Children have time with their parents and time separate from their parents in most ECFE classes. Parents help to decide what is discussed in the parenting groups.

There are two documents, developed through the Minnesota Department of Education, that provide the basis for ECFE class design. A resource guide titled Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress provides a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children. For adult learning, Minnesota’s Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework and Indicators, provides a guide that defines and places parameters around the core content of what we teach in parent education. It is not intended to be a prescribed curriculum. Both documents help promote accountability in what is taught to the young children and adults alike.

A conclusion from the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress states “Because a child’s first and most important learning occurs in the context of the family, it is essential that families have the supports and resources needed to help their children develop in optimal ways. Families are better able to care for, nurture, and help their children succeed if early childhood teachers and caregivers, community members, and policymakers share in the collective commitment to foster healthy development of young children.”

The Thief River Falls ECFE program strives to help support all families with young children and does provide many wonderful opportunities for learning and age-appropriate development.