Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is helping to build the blocks for family and school
success. If you have children from birth to age five and are looking for support, information and education on raising children please join us at ECFE.

We welcome new families, your first term is always free.

ECFE is a Community Education program for ALL families and children birth through kindergarten. We offer a comfortable, informal parent discussion group, and a fun place to meet, learn, and play with other parents and children.

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Classes

Baby & Me

Join the class at any time; babies and parents are always welcomed! Babies bring joy and big changes to families. This is a weekly class for infants, birth - 12 months, and their parents. All of your baby questions and insights will be discussed with a Licensed Parent Educator and other parents of little ones. There are many opportunities to connect with other parents and together you begin to find your parenting style. Your baby enjoys the other infants and you learn the traditional ECFE circle time songs as well!

Sibling care is available upon request at registration.

  • Term 1 9/7/17-11/2/17 ~ No class 10/19/17
  • Term 2 11/9/17-1/18/18 ~ No class 11/23/17 & 12/28/17
  • 10 am - 11:30 am
  • Parent Education Room 103
  • Sibling Care Early Childhood Room 106

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Toddler Time

This class suits toddlers between 12-24 months of age. During parent/child interaction time, parents and toddlers will participate in a variety of activities geared for the busy world of toddlers. This is followed by a brief discussion time for parents while children continue with activities. Discussion topics include ideas for separation issues, encouraging language development, and more. Class ends with a circle time of songs and movement. Parents and children do not separate in this class. Walking or crawling, all toddlers are invited!

  • Thursday
  • Term 1 9/7/17-11/2/17 ~ No class 10/19/17
  • Term 2 11/9/17-1/18/18 ~ No class 11/23/17 & 12/28/17
  • 8 am - 9:30 am
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Messy is Magnificent

This class is designed for children from the ages of 24 months through preschool age. The class focus will be on sensory integration (getting MESSY!). Let your child explore a new material each week. Help your child learn about the world around them while developing their social-emotional and fine motor skills. This class will be full of different sensory activities, which help to regulate our brains. You and your child should come prepared to get messy. Before class adjourns, the early childhood teacher and parents will have a brief discussion while children continue with activities. Parents and children do not separate in this class.

  • Tuesday
  • Term 1 9/5/17 - 10/31/17
  • 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Celebrating Curiosity

This class is designed for children from the ages of 24 months through preschool age. Celebrate your child’s natural curiosity. Help your child learn to develop patience and perseverance while exploring everyday materials. Come and discover our collection of fun, safe and easy experiments. As children begin to ask questions about the world around them, we want to give them the skill set they will need to be successful. Give your child the opportunity to begin to understand cause and effect while experimenting using everyday materials. Before class adjourns, the early childhood teacher and parents will have a brief discussion while children continue with activities. Parents and children do not separate in this class.

  • Tuesday
  • Term 2 11/7/17-1/16/18 ~ No class 12/26/17
  • 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Incredible Years

This is a small group class for dads, moms or other primary caregivers and the children they care for. This parenting class will focus on supporting caregivers in strengthening their parenting skills, increasing children’s social skills, preventing and addressing behavior problems in children below the age of 8. The class is taught in conjunction with staff from Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center. For additional information about this class or to talk about registering contact Ann Riebel.

  • Monday
  • Term 1 and 2
  • 9/11/17-1/15/18 ~ No class 11/6, 12/25 and 1/1
  • 8:30-10:30 am
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Parent Speak

Author, Jennifer Lehr, looks at how catchphrase parenting, common phrases we repeatedly say to children in our society, sends many mixed messages to children. The discussion for this class will have parents talking about what we really mean to say to our children when telling them to say “Thank You” or “You’re so Cute.

  • Monday
  • 9/11/17-10/30/17
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Balanced and Barefoot

In this important book, author Angela Hanscom shows how outdoor play and the unrestricted freedom of movement are vital for children’s cognitive and physical development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults. Our adult discussion will generate conversations about what is vital for our children’s early experiences.

  • Term 1
  • Tuesday 9/5/17 - 10/31/17 8-10 am
  • or
  • Wednesday 9/6/17-11/1/17 8-10 am
  • or
  • Friday 9/8/17-11/3/17 ~ No class 10/20/17 8-10 am
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Drop-In Playgroup

Drop-In Playgroup is an opportunity for children to learn, grow and develop through play. There is something to keep every child happy and busy, with a baby and toddler area, activities for preschoolers, a great outdoor space plus lots of art, craft and messy play. And what’s even better - we clean up the mess afterwards!

  • Wednesday
  • Term 1: 9/6/17-11/1/17 No Drop In 9/27/17
  • Term 2: 11/8/17-1/17/18 No Drop In 11/22/17 and 12/27/17
  • 12 – 1:30 PM
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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No Drama Discipline

No-Drama Discipline, by author Dr. Daniel Siegel, shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family. Families will have discussion about what their discipline strategies are while reviewing the insight of Dr. Siegel.

  • Tuesday 11/7/17-1/16/18 ~ No class 12/26/17 8-10 am
  • Wednesday 11/8/17-1/17/18 ~ No Class 12/27/17 8-10 am
  • Friday 11/10/17-1/12/18 ~ No Class 11/24/17, 12/22/17 and 12/29/17 8-10 am
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Love and Logic

The Love and Logic approach to parenting in Early Childhood will be discussed during this class. Jim Fay and Charles Fay, PhD have a popular parenting series that discusses children’s needs and what parents can do to help children learn life skills.

  • Term 2
  • Monday 11/13/17-1/15/18 ~ No Class 12/25/17 and 1/1/18
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Early Childhood Room 106

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Class Fees

How do I determine class fees?
  • The class fee is determined by your family income (see sliding fee schedule)
  • The fee is per child with a family maximum
  • Your first term is free
  • No family will be turned away due to inability to pay
  • Pay for your ECFE class with a credit card OR pay in person by cash or check.
  • Please make checks payable to: ECFE

Fee per child per class with a family max
17-18Max
90,000 +$86.00$172.00
80,000-89,999$75.00$150.00
70,000 -79,999$65.00$130.00
60,000-69,999$53.00$106.00
50,000-59,999$42.00$84.00
40,000-49,999$34.00$68.00
30,000-39,999$29.00$58.00
20,000-29,999$23.00$46.00
Under 19,999$10.00$20.00

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Early Childhood Education Programs
Goodview Elementary School
5100 West 9th Street, Winona

Common Questions

What is ECFE?

ECFE offers classes and activities for parents and their children from birth to age five. The program offers guidance and support for families from licensed early childhood and parent educators. You will also find support and friendship from other parents of small children. In addition, your child will learn through play and develop social skills along the way.

How does ECFE work?

Separating Classes:
All our classes begin with parent child activities where parents and children play together in the early childhood room. Parents then move on to the Parent Education room, facilitated by a licensed parent educator, to meet other parents and discuss issues related to parenting. The children stay in the classroom with a licensed early childhood educator to enjoy a variety of age appropriate activities. Your child will make new friends, enjoy art activities, music, gym time and a snack.


Non-separating Classes:
In our baby and toddler classes, parents do not separate from their children. The baby group is held in the parent education room and the toddler group is held in the early childhood room.

What are the benefits of ECFE?

The program encourages positive parental interactions that affect how children develop and learn. Research has shown that ECFE programs involving parents with their children are more effective than programs focusing exclusively on children. In addition, children whose parents are more involved in their early education are more likely to be successful in school.

Where is ECFE located?

ECFE is located at Goodview Elementary School. The address is 5100 West 9th Street in Winona.

Are there fees?

Yes, fees are on a sliding scale based on a family's income. No one will be turned away due to inabiliity to pay.

Are parents involved in the program planning?

YES! ECFE has a PTA/Parent Advisory Council that works with staff on program planning, development and special events. The PTA also sponsors special events like a fall color run and winter family dance.

Ann Riebel

Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator, Early Childhood Family Education Teacher

Jean Bronk

Early Childhood Family Education Teacher

Jill Burt

Educational Assistant

Stephanie Gilliland

Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, School Readiness Coordinator

Sheila Kirkvold

Educational Assistant

Alison Ogren

Early Childhood Family Education Teacher

Glenda Roellich

Community Education Secretary
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