Early Childhood Family Education

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Phone: 218-336-8815
Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org
Fax: 218-336-8819
We are still accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 school year.  Call or email us to register!  218-336-8815 option 1 or earlychildhood@isd709.org


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins April 1st!

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What is ECFE?
ECFE stands for Early Childhood Family Education.  The ECFE programs of the Duluth Public Schools offer a variety of classes at both elementary sites and sites across the community.  Most classes meet once a week for an hour and a half.

What is ECFE doing for distance learning?
Click here to watch a short video on how ECFE teachers are supporting children and families.

Click here to watch a short video on how Parent Educators are supporting parents and families.

What happens in ECFE?
All ECFE programs include parent education, early childhood education, and parent-child interaction. 

  • Parent education time - Guided by a licensed parent educator.  Conversations are focused on research-based curriculum and relate to child and parent development  and  are tailored to meet parent and family needs.
  • Parent-child time -  Time in the children’s classroom for parents and children to play and learn together in a safe and educational environment.
  • Early childhood classroom time - Children will have time to play with their peers and enjoy activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher.
  • Sibling care - Sibling care is offered, for your convenience, to siblings of class participants.  You must register your children for sibling care.
  • Parent Advisory Council - Parents are given the opportunity to be part of site and citywide advisory council to offer their input around programming.
  • Family Events - Offered throughout the year at various locations. 
  • Home Visits - Offered to families who are not able to attend a class or have a need to address individual child, parent, or family needs.