Frequently Asked 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 ealy 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 stafff on program planning, development and special events. The PTA also sponsors special events like a fall train ride and winter sock hop. If you are interested in being involved contact any of the 2009/2010 PTA/PAC officers.