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Early Childhood Family Education

FAMILY ECFE CLASSES : For children ages birth to 5: ECFE Family Class is a parent/child class designed to help young children develop socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually, as well as help parents meet the challenges of parenting. Classes held at WDC Elementary School, Room 21. Call ECFE Coordinator/Teacher, Leanne Ries at (218) 632-2364 for info. Cost: $10 per family for full session or $1 per class.

  • Fall 2019 Session: ***NEW CLASS TIMES!****

    • Monday evenings, 6-7:30pm, Sept. 23-Nov. 18.

    • Tuesday afternoons, 1-3pm, Sept. 24-Nov. 19

    • Friday mornings, 8-9:30am or 10-11:30am, Sept. 20-Nov. 22 (no classes Sept. 27, Oct. 18 or Nov. 15).

  • Spring 2020 Session: Jan. 10 to April 20

    • Monday evenings, 6-7:30pm.

    • Tuesday morning, 1-3pm.

    • Friday morning, 8-9:30am or 10-11:30am.

  • Fun & Friends (for children ages 2-5) *** NOW ON A NEW AFTERNOON!*** THURSDAYS, 1:30-3pm. Classes meet Sept. 26 to Nov. 21 with no class on Oct. 17 or Nov. 14.

  • Winter Playdates: Tuesdays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, from 9 to 10:30am

  • “Storytime at the Library” 
    ECFE proudly sponsors “Storytime at the Library” every Wednesday from 10-10:30am at Wadena City Library. You are invited to join us for stories, songs, projects and fun. Every family will be given a book as a gift from ECFE. There is no cost for this.

  • FAMILY FUN NIGHTS 2019-20:

    • Oct. 1 - Pumpkin Patch

    • Dec. 5 - Holiday Fun

    • Feb. 13 - Family Fun Night

    • March 19 - Preschool Registration Night for 2020-21

    • April 2 - Ice Cream for Books

    • May 7 - Family Fun Night Finale’

What is Early Childhood Family Education or ECFE?

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Every day, parents are doing the most important job -- raising the world’s next generation. This job has both special times and trying times. 

ECFE is a program that provides families with opportunities to enjoy one another, find support and information about parenting and family life and build healthy happy families. ECFE is a place for ALL Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth and Kindergarten. 

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What Happens in ECFE?

  • Parent discussion groups

  • Play and learning activities for children

  • Parent/child activities

  • Special events for the entire family

  • Libraries of books and other learning materials


Join the fun at Family Fun Nights! 

These are special evenings where a fun activity is planned for the entire family! Past activities have included fishing at Sunnybrook Park, learning to be a chef, outdoor concerts and making holiday crafts. 

The cost is $1.00 per family per night to cover the supply expenses. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. To pre-register, call 632-2364. If you get voicemail, leave your name, the number of people attending and your phone number. 

You are invited to join us with the whole family for ECFE Family Fun Nights.

For more information, contact:

WDC Early Childhood Family Education
Leanne Ries, Coordinator
Phone: (218) 632-2364
Email: lries@wdc2155.k12.mn.us