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Early Childhood Family Education winter classes begin the week of Feb. 1

The Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Family Education classes will resume in early February. There are several class options for families to consider and then enroll for a parent and child class of Early Childhood Family Education.

The Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Family Education classes will resume in early February. There are several class options for families to consider and then enroll for a parent and child class of Early Childhood Family Education.

Ones and Twos class meets on Tuesdays, Feb. 2 through April 26 (no class on March 22) from 9-10 a.m. Join for a morning out with your toddler. Each class brings new activities planned around a different theme for you and your toddler to explore. Parents stay in the classroom for the parent discussion time.

Twos and Threes class meets on Tuesdays from Feb. 2 through April 26 (no class on March 22). The class is in session from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Dig into art, music, free play time and circle time with your child. Each week the class activities will focus on a new theme that is waiting for your discovery. Parents will have a dedicated time in a separate room to discuss parenting topics based on the developmental needs of this age group.

Family class for children from birth to age 5 meets on Tuesdays from Feb. 2 until April 26. There is no class on March 22. Class is from 6-7:30 p.m. The class starts with a parent and child time to explore together. Then the parents and children separate for a portion of the class time. Parent topics are based on the interests and concerns of parents in the group. Children will learn in their own class time with an early childhood teacher leading activities for them.

Ones, Twos and Threes class is offered on Thursdays from Feb. 4 until April 28. There is no class on March 24. Ones, Twos and Threes meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Each class includes art, music, free play time for the children and a shared circle time for parents and children. Weekly activities will look at a theme that encourages exploration and discovery. Parent will separate for a parenting class time.

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Family class meets on Thursdays starting on Feb. 4 and continuing through to April 28. No class will be held on March 24. Family class is open to children from birth through age 5 years old. Parents attend with their child or children. Activities will change from week to week so there are lots of new topics to discover.

ECFE classes are offered on a sliding fee scale based on family income. Fees vary from $30 for the 12 weeks of an ECFE class up to $65. Sibling care is offered for children ages birth through 5 who are not in the age group of the ECFE class. Sibling care has a fee of $20 for the 12 week ECFE class period. There is no sibling care offered during a family class.

To find out more about the ECFE program and the class choices call 218-562-7520. Registration forms can be found in the winter 2016 Community Education book. Stop in the early childhood office and fill out a registration form. If you prefer you can register online by going to the school district website www.isd186.org and then select online payments and then ECFE.

Home visiting is a learning opportunity for families if you would prefer to meet in a one on one setting with a parent educator. Call Shannon at 218-562-7520 to request a home visit session or series of meetings.

Early Childhood Family Education enhances and supports families in their efforts to raise happy, healthy children. ECFE is staffed by licensed teachers in early childhood and parent education. The teaching assistants in the early childhood classrooms are experienced paraprofessional staff. Together you and your child will have a great learning experience when you attend ECFE.

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