Early Childhood Family Education

Important COVID-19 related announcement about Summer ECFE
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) has altered its original summer schedule. Classes scheduled to run six weeks starting the week of June 14th have been changed to four-week classes that begin on July 7th.  In addition, we have added online options for families to participate together as well as parent-only evening classes.  Our Park Play Dates have been cancelled. Please watch for newly developed outdoor experiences for ECFE families.

Changes in programs will be reflected when registration for ECFE classes opens, Thursday 5/28 at 8:00 a.m.

If you have already registered for classes our program staff will be in touch over the next week to confirm your registration and adjust pricing to reflect a shorter session. For information on Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) email ECFE@isd194.org.

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Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a Lakeville Area School District Community Education program that strengthens families with young children through education and support. ECFE provides parent-child interaction activities and parent education for families with children ages birth through kindergarten.  ECFE+ classes extend specific program offerings to families with children up to Grade 3.

The components of most ECFE classes are:

Growing Together – For You and Your Child: Half of each class is devoted to activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher for parents and children to explore together. Together you can enjoy learning through art, music, stories and a variety of developmental activities. It is an opportunity to learn new ideas, games and activities that you can do at home.

Growing Independently – For Your Child: The remaining portion of each class is for children to have fun learning through play using art, movement, games and stories with the licensed early childhood teacher, the classroom assistant and the other children. New friendships are formed and children discover aspects of “me” while they learn apart from you. The goal of the children’s program is to develop a healthy self-concept and a joy of learning.

Growing Confidently – For You: While children take part in the children’s program, parents join with other parents in an informal group setting for discussion time led by a licensed parent educator. Being a parent is enjoyable, complex, and at times, stressful. Parents have the opportunity to choose and discuss current family topics, share ideas and concerns and feel encouraged by the support of others.

ECFE Class Locations

Crystal Lake Education Center (CLEC) – 16250 Ipava Ave, Lakeville

  • A10 Moon Room
  • A11A Parent Ed Room A
  • A11B Parent Ed Room B
  • A12 Rainbow Room
  • A13 Star Room / Sibling Care
  • 14 Sunshine Room

ECFE Calendar


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