Tuesday, March 17, 2009


The MN Department of Education hosts a website for parents with resources on:
-Child development
-Parent education
-Child care
-Consumer safety
-School readiness
-Links to other resources

Friday, March 13, 2009

Early Childhood Family Education

Questions call 494-0913.




Non-separating classes


Baby and Me

Babies bring joy and great change to a family. This is a weekly class for infants, birth to 12 months, and their parents. We will discuss all your baby questions and explore a parenting book related to infants. Author, Jill Stamm, looks at a simple-scienced backed way, to nurture your child’s developing mind. This class includes a circle time and sibling care. Please request sibling care with registration.



1-2:30 PM   

Parent Education Room 103




Bearly Toddler

This class suits the “new” toddler, who is between 12-24 months of age. Age appropriate activities and circle time are part of the morning as children become familiar with the early childhood room. A brief parent discussion will take place, as the children play in the room. Parents and children do not separate in this class.



8:30-10 AM

Early Childhood Room 106


Toadally Two’s

Two’s are terrific! As your toddler rapidly grows, changes, and tries new things, ECFE staff is ready to support toddlers and parents with a fun learning environment. Parent and child activities and circle time will start the class. A parent discussion period gives toddlers the opportunity to practice separating from parents as they build trust in our ECFE staff and play areas.



10:15-11:45 AM

Early Childhood Room 106


Separating Classes


Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Winter can be a challenging time for young families. Being cooped up takes a toll on most relationships. This class will pull the best of various sources, as we work towards more harmonious relationships, parent/child, siblings and the significant others in your life.


3/30/09-6/1/09    NO CLASS 5/25/09           

9-11 AM

Early Childhood Room 106


Family Activism: Empowering Your Community,

Beginning with Family and Friends                                             “NEW”

In our daily family and friendship circles, we experience countless opportunities to empower, inspire, and support positive changes in others. What would happen if we looked at those experiences as the seeds of a bigger, broader change?  Family Activism: Empowering Your Community, Beginning with Family and Friends by Roberto Vargas



Noon2 PM

Early Childhood Room 106     NO CLASS 5/25/09




8:30-10:30 AM

Early Childhood Room 106    


Taking Back Childhood          

This book asserts that “one only need to turn on the TV, stroll down the aisles of a toy store, or visit any American elementary school, to witness the formidable social trends that have begun to erode the quality of children’s lives.” This class will take a hopeful look at resisting those social treads. Taking Back Childhood by Nancy Carlsson -Paige


3/30/09-5/18/09           NO CLASS 5/25/09

5:30-7:30 PM

Early Childhood Room 106




9-11 AM

Early Childhood Room 106 




9-11 AM 

Early Childhood Room 106 





Daddy & Me Drop – In                               

Dads! Looking for a fun time for you and your child? Join other dads and their children for an evening drop - in. Drop - in begins with exciting, fun learning experiences and playtime, and then moves to circle time. Drop - in ends with time in the gym. Open to children ages 14 months to Kindergarten and their dads. No registration required.



6-7:30 PM

Early Childhood Room 106


Drop – In Playgroup

Join our ECFE staff for a fun-filled afternoon. The Early Childhood room and gym are set up with developmentally appropriate activities such as toys, sensory, and art. Spend the time with your child while meeting other families. As the weather continues to get warmer, we will be enjoying our outdoor playground facility.  The class meets weekly and is FREE. No registration required.



12:30-2:30 PM

Early Childhood Room 106


Moms Supporting Moms

This group is for moms of all ages and life experiences. Moms attend with their children and have time to talk about the parenting book” Kids, Parents and Power Struggles” by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka. We will discuss ways to stay connected with your child and understand why your child is misbehaving. The Moms Supporting Moms is a collaboration between ECFE and Family Based Services. Call Ann Riebel at 494-0917 or Family Based Service at 494-0950 if transportation is a concern.




5:30-7:30 PM

Early Childhood Room 106




Noon2 PM

Early Childhood Room 106



Community Parenting

This class is ECFE parenting on wheels!  Are you interested in a parenting class or a one time guest speaking event, at your work setting, child care center, preschool or organization? Contact Katy Smith, Parent Educator, at 494-0920 for more information.



ELL Family School

A parenting and English class for immigrants and refugee adults and their preschool children. Parent-child time, parenting education, English and early childhood education is included in this learning school. There is also a home-visiting opportunity for participants in Family School that includes literacy activities, books, and one-on-one learning. Transportation assistance is available. Classes are on-going throughout the school year. Call Anne Hayes at 494-0919 for more information or to register.


12-2 PM

Winona Area Learning Center

1299 W. 3rd Street, Winona


Teen Parenting at the WALC and WSHS

Parent education, prenatal education, parent-child activities and support for adolescent and expecting parents at the Winona Area Learning Center and Winona Senior High School. Contact Ann Riebel at 494-1460 for more information about the Teen Parent Program that is on going through out the school year.



Free Family Fun Fair

Come Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

Saturday, April 18, 2009

10 AM – 12:30 PM

Winona Senior High Concourse

901 Gilmore Ave

Winona MN 

Kid's Activities, Story Telling, Gym-filled activities, Food, and More...


Brought to you by WSU Maxwell Children's Center, Providers In Action, Americorps, ECFE, Head Start, Winona Early Childhood Initiative, The Public Library, and The Marina Art Musuem.



Early Childhood Screening

Do you have a three year old? In Minnesota all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten. This screening should be done before your child turns four!

Make your appointment today call 494-0900.



ECFE PTA Special Event

ECFE PAC/PTA Sponsored Events include:

*Family Field Trips

*Guest Speakers

*Family Gym Nights

*Family Sock Hop

*Family Events Newsletter

*Family Train Ride

Look for more information about the ECFE PAC/PTA Special Events on www.winonakids.org



ECFE PTA Family Field Trip


A Field Trip to the Farm

Josh and Marcie Wolfe Dairy Farm Tour

Smith Farm - Wood fired pizza lunch with music entertainment by “Man Fort”

$20 per family

Saturday May 16, 2009

10 AM - meet at ECFE, 5100 W 9th Street

Rain date Sunday May 17, 2009

Register now - limited to 30 families


$20 fee per family will include farm tour and pizza lunch.

Please make a separate check payable to ECFE PTA and include with your field trip registration

Confirmation postcards will be sent with details and directions to the farms.



ECFE Family Picnic

Wednesday June 3, 2009

5:30-7:30 PM

La Canne Park

Hwy 61


You are invited to our end of the year family potluck picnic at La Canne Park. This is a great opportunity to enjoy time with your children and other ECFE families.

Suggested dishes to pass:

(last name starting with) A-H main dish, I-Q dessert, R-Z side dish

Bring your own tableware and beverages.


No Registration Required




The ECFE PTA has established a foundation fund in honor of our retired teachers who have worked so selflessly to support the mission of ECFE and by doing so have positively impacted the lives of the families and children who attend our programs.

Donations to the ECFE Foundation will be used to expand and support the number of classes and programs offered by ECFE. Offset program expenditures such as playground equipment and classroom supplies. Support special projects and events. Support children and families in need.

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the mission of ECFE please consider a donation to the ECFE Foundation Fund.

Thank you from the staff, both past and present, and the ECFE PAC/PTA!



This site is for you if you're a parent, grandparent, professional, or community member who wants to support Winona's youngest citizens--kids ages 0-5.