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Early Childhood Family Education ECFE

It's HERE!  Registration is open!
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We are so excited to meet your family! 

First page of the PDF file: EarlyChildhoodFall2023

The St. Michael/Albertville Early Childhood Family Education program’s goals for
parents and children are as follows

While attending the STMA ECFE Program, children will:
  • build relationships with peers and adults as well as develop emotional connections and expression of feelings and grow an appreciation of rules
  • and routines.  (SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL)
  • establish verbal and nonverbal tools for communicating with others and participate in books, stories, and songs.  (LANGUAGE/LITERACY)
  • use exploration to discover new information through play and become problem solvers by approaching new activities with curiosity and wonder.  (COGNITIVE)
  • express creativity through multiple mediums and be encouraged to use imagination during pretend play and social interactions.  (ARTS)
  • grow large and small motor control and coordination during physical activity and develop self-help skills by expanding independence.  (MOTOR)
While working with parents, ECFE staff will:
  • Communicate the importance of parent’s role as child’s first teacher
  • Provide parents realistic expectations and knowledge of child development stages.
  • Support parent-child relationships and demonstrate positive interactions 
  • Guide parents through transition of early childhood to kindergarten and school-age years
  • Provide opportunities for formal and informal social networks
  • Introduce families to available community resources


We can't wait to meet your family!

Parents are a child's first and most important teachers.

ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment.

ECFE works to strengthen families.

ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth.


Contact for more information:
Jane Helgestad
Early Childhood Coordinator

Where is ECFE Located?

ECFE is located in the STMA Community Education Center. Park in the parking lot directly behind the Historic St. Michael Catholic Church (enter from Co. Rd. 19) and enter through door A. You may also park in the larger lower lot and enter through doors C or D.