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Early Childhood Family Education

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What is Early Childhood Family Education or ECFE?

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. 

ECFE kite flying event.

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


What does it cost?

Fees are $1.00 per class per family or $10 per family per session.

“Family Classes” for children ages birth to 5 and parents:
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.

Spring Session - Jan. 4-April 4:

  • Monday evenings, 6-7:30pm. Classes meet Jan. 7-April 15 with no class on Jan. 21 or Feb. 18.

  • Tuesday morning, 8-9:30am or 10-11:30am. Classes meet Jan. 8-April 16.

  • Friday morning, 9-10:30am. Classes meet Jan. 4-April 12 with no class on March 22.

“Fun and Friends” 
This class is a time for your child to have fun with new friends where you'll play, have a story time and a snack. Held Tuesday afternoon, from 1:30 to 3pm.  Classes meet Jan. 8-April 16.

 “Winter Play Dates” 
Join us for our Winter Play Dates beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 9-10:30am.

“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.

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 (making pizza, smoothies and cookies!), 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. Upcoming nights:

  • Feb. 7 - Mad Science

  • April 4 - Ice Cream for Books

  • May 2 - ECFE Finale' (more details to follow!)

For more information, contact:

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