Early Childhood Family Education

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Phone: 218-336-8815
Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org
Fax: 218-336-8819

2019-2020 School Year:
Look for registration information in the Spring Community Education Brochure

Online Registration Form 



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 are the benefits of ECFE?
Click here to watch a short video on the benefits of ECFE

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.