ECFE Classes and Curriculum

Classes

New! Virtual ECFE Class options 

Coffee and Conversation on Zoom: 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 your 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. 

Mondays: 9-10am on Zoom Register for class online under the Parents Only class option The Zoom link will be sent to you after you are registered Fee: Free Class 

Parents of Babies Zoom Class: Having a baby can mean major adjustments in every area of your life. Many questions arise about how to meet your growing baby’s needs for sleep, feeding and bonding. We will talk about how to engage your baby’s brain and support their development. This class will also give you a chance to share new parent experiences and talk about the joys and concerns of parenting an infant. 

Mondays: 1:30-2:30pm on Zoom Register for Class online under the Parents Only class option The Zoom link will be sent to you after you are registered Fee: Free Class 

Online Parenting Group: Join an ECFE parent group to meet with other parents and Lisa, licensed Family Educator to share and learn about a variety of parenting topics, get support and ask questions. The group will decide topics based on interest. We will begin with some basics like development, eating, choices, tantrums, parenting styles, sleep, etc. The list is endless of what we can talk about. 

Take one hour a week for yourself to join other parents and share joys and concerns about parenting, which is the toughest job you will ever LOVE, but it’s so worth it! 

Tuesdays: 8:00-9:00pm on Zoom Register for Class under the Parents Only class option The Zoom link will be sent to you after you are registered Fee: Free Class 

Parent and Child(ren) Classes 

Playland Playtime Class: Get up and go play at school in our movement based learning time class. 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 year olds in mind. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in class. 

Thursday evenings: 6:30-7:30pm at Challenger Preschool Fee: Sliding Fee Scale 

Tiny Tots Plus: Looking for a fun 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 will take place in the children’s room, where toddlers can check in with their parents if they need to. 

Non-separating Class for Toddlers: Ages 12-24 Months old and a parent. Younger Siblings are welcome. Please register ALL children, including siblings, who will be attending class. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in class. 

Mondays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Challenger Preschool Fee: Sliding Fee Scale 

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 a licensed parenting educator, while the children continue to explore and learn with the early childhood educator 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 parents during Parent group time.) 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in class. 

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9:30-11:30 am Fee: Sliding Fee Scale 

To view class dates and times and to register, click on the Browse Catalog tab at the top. Select ECFE tab, Parent/Child Classes or Parents Only link, click on the class, register each child participating. When creating profile for child, select 0-5 age category and complete contact info for parent attending class. 

To view class dates and times and to register, click on the Browse Catalog tab at the top. Select ECFE tab, Parent/Child Classes, click on class, register each child participating.  When creating profile for child, select 0-5 age category and complete contact info for parent.

Curriculum

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.