Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

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Winter 2018-2019 Brochure

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At Dassel-Cokato ECFE you and your child will spend time Growing Together, Growing Independently, Growing Confidently, Growing Creatively and Cognitively!

At ECFE we understand the importance of the early years in a child’s development. Right from birth you shape your child’s development and set the stage for future learning and growth. This is why we offer a variety of classes that provide information, encouragement, and support for you and your child. All ECFE classes are led by licensed teachers who help children discover and learn through activities and play using art, science, movement, games, and stories. Our teachers create a learning environment where children thrive and parents/caregivers receive information, friendship, and support.

ECFE Classes Include

Parent & Child Time: During approximately the first 30 minutes of class parents/caregivers and children explore and play with activities that are intentionally designed to foster your child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development.

Circle Time: Everyone joins together to enjoy music, movement activities, and stories.

Parent Discussion Time: Our parenting educator leads discussion on the many joys and challenges of parenting. Discussions are centered around child development and parent selected topics.

Child Time: While the parents/caregivers are in discussion time, children enjoy snack and activities with their peers and licensed early childhood teacher and/or paraprofessional.

Sibling Care: Childcare for class participant’s sibling is provided by our sibling care provider for an additional fee. Register for sibling care with your ECFE class registration. (not available during Young Moms and Night Owls)

Types of ECFE Classes Offered

Non-Separating Classes

Parents/caregivers and children remain the Early Childhood classroom the entire class time. Parent discussion takes place in the room while the children play. Classes include: Babies, Young Moms, and Little Chargers.

Separating Classes

During Parent Discussion parents move to a nearby room with the parent educator while the children remain with the early childhood teacher and paraprofessional in the Early Childhood classroom. Classes include: D-C Kids and Night Owls.

Parent Discussion Only Classes

Parents/caregivers will engage in parenting discussions facilitated by a parenting educator while the children remain with a paraprofessional in the classroom. Class includes: Finding Your Family Compass

Register for 1, 2, or all 3 class sessions!

You may register for a class already in session if there is space remaining.

Finding Your Family Compass - A Book Journey

FREE CLASS For ALL parents of children ages birth and up!

Finding Your Family Compass

(Parent Discussion Class. Childcare is available.)

Relax and enjoy discussion centered around a current parenting book. Readers and non-readers are welcome! The class is

for ALL parents of infant to teens who want to dig a little deeper into the parenting journey. This spring we will delve into

Tim Elmore’s highly acclaimed book, 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid – Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life. The goal of

this class is to examine the bigger picture of parenting as we nurture and guide our children toward a healthy, happy, and

future productive adulthood.

Limited childcare is available for a small fee. Please register for childcare at the time of class registration. This FREE class is

co-sponsored with Wright County Health and Human Services. Books will be available for check-out from the Early

Childhood Parenting Library or for purchase at a reduced price.

Fall Session - 10 Thursdays

September 28, October 5, 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7 & 13

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Winter Session – No Winter Session 2019

Spring Session - 7 Thursdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Babies, Babies, Babies

Birth to 12 months

Meet other parents and enjoy time with your baby! Babies will have fun with activities and songs; parents will learn about development, early learning activities, sleeping, eating and more through discussion led by our parent educator.

Fall Session – 6 Thursdays

September 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, & 13

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Winter Session – No Winter Session 2019

Spring Session – 6 Thursdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 & 9

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Young Moms

Are you a young mom? Ages Teen-23? Being a young mom is challenging by itself, but being a teen or young adult and parenting lends itself to unique challenges. Come together with other moms who are dealing with some of the same joys and concerns that you may have. Bring your child and enjoy some parent and child interaction time with a variety of activities. Then enjoy talking about our favorite topic, parenting!

Fall Session - 6 Thursdays

September 27, October 4, 11, 18, November 1 & 8

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Winter Session – 6 Thursdays

January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 & 20

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Spring Session - 6 Thursdays

April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Class Fee: FREE!

Little Chargers

ages 1 to 3.5 years

Little ones are discovering so much about themselves and their world! This age group is cruising through sensory, motor, social/emotional, language and cognitive development. Along with discovery comes the wonderful challenges for mom and dad’s loving guidance. This is a time for you and your child to explore activities and learn together. There will also be parent discussion time led by our parent educator where parents along the same journey can visit and ask questions. Choose either Wednesdays or Thursdays.

WEDNESDAY LITTLE CHARGERS

Fall Session - 10 Wednesdays

September 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6 & 14

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Winter Session – No Winter Session 2019

Spring Session - 7 Wednesdays

April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

THURSDAY LITTLE CHARGERS

Fall Session - 10 Thursdays

September 28, October 5, 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7 & 13

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Winter Session – 6 Thursdays

January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 & 21

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Spring Session - 7 Thursdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

D-C Kids

ages 2 through 5 (not yet in kindergarten)

Parents and children participate in fun learning activities purposefully designed in the areas of language and literacy development, social and emotional development, cognitive development and physical development. During separation time, parents will discuss the wonder and challenges of this age group.

Fall Session - 10 Wednesdays

September 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6 & 14

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Winter Session – 6 Wednesdays

January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 & 20

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Spring Session - 7 Wednesdays

April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Sibling Childcare Available: See fee scale below

Night Owls

ages birth through 5 (not yet in kindergarten)

Night Owls is a great way to reconnect with your child(ren) after a long day! Enjoy an evening of fun as you and your child meet new friends and explore hands on activities. During parent time, moms and dads discuss a variety of topics that explore many aspect of parenting.

Fall Session - 10 Thursdays

September 28, October 5, 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7 & 13

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Winter Session – 6 Thursdays

January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 & 21

6:00-7:30 P.M.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Spring Session - 7 Thursdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16

6:00-7:30 P.M.

Class Fee: See sliding fee scale below

Personalized Parent Education


Personalized parenting visits are FREE for families with children ages birth to 5 (not yet in

kindergarten). Talk with our parent educator about your questions regarding your infant, toddler or

preschooler. She can meet with you at your home, at the Early Childhood Center, over the phone, on

the playground...wherever works for you!

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

How Children Grow * Parenting Support * Community Resources * Problem Solving * Challenging

Behaviors * Family Goal Setting * Learning through Play * Toileting * Sleep

Interested in setting up an informal visit designed just for you? Give Angela a call!

Angela Smith, Early Childhood Coordinator & Licensed Parenting Educator

Phone: 320-286-4100 ext. 1024

Email: angela.smith[at]dc.k12.mn.us

Kinship Caregivers

Relatives as Parents

A Kinship Caregiver is a grandparent and other relative that is raising their grandchildren, nieces or

nephews. Our Kinship Caregivers Group gives caregivers an opportunity to find support, share their

experiences, and get advice from other group members, licensed social worker, and parent educator

in a safe, supportive environment.

Thanks to the support of the Wright County Family Services Collaborative, the monthly Kinship

Caregivers – Relatives as Parent group is FREE, including supper and FREE childcare.

Meetings are held monthly September-May from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Please call the Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood

Center for the next meeting date, 320-286-4120, or email angela.smith[at]dc.k12.mn.us

ECFE CLASS FEE SCALE


Class fee is for the first child enrolled. Each additional sibling enrolled in the same class may participate at 1/2 fee.

Enrolled Play and Learn preschool students participate in ECFE at 1/2 fee.

Siblings 6 months and under may stay with their parent in class and during parent time at no fee. Sibling care is available during non-mixed aged classes at a minimal cost for siblings birth through 5 years, not yet in kindergarten.

No one is denied the opportunity to participate due to the class fee being a hardship. Please call to inquire about a scholarship, 320-286-4120.

Sibling Childcare Fee:

1st child full fee, each additional sibling 1/2 fee

6 week class: $15, 7 week class $18, 10 week class $25

Cancellations & Refund Policy

■ Participants that wish to cancel must do so one full week prior to the class start date to receive a refund.

■ Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment one week before the class is scheduled to begin. Fee paid for

a cancelled class will be refunded to you.

How to register for ECFE classes:

Call: 320-286-4120

Online: http://bit.ly/ECFERegistration

In Person: Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood Center, 4852 Reardon Ave SW, Cokato.

NW corner of the high school/middle school complex.

You may register for a class after it has begun if there is still space!