1 Pine St Nicollet, Minnesota | Tel #: +1 507-232-3411 | Email: info@isd507.k12.mn.us
ECFE Winter



WHERE FAMILIES COME FIRST


*ECFE is for families with children ages birth to 5 years old.

*ECFE is based on the philosophy that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher!

*ECFE programs offer support and provide practical and realistic ideas for raising children in today’s world.

*Parents come together to share common concerns and learn from each other.

* Children enjoy time with their Mom and/or Dad away from all the distractions of life and to be with other children their own age.

*ECFE is FUN, FUN, FUN!!




EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION
Nicollet Public Schools
One Pine Street
Nicollet, MN 56074










FROM THE Director
What Happens At ECFE?
ECFE classes are held once a week for 6 weeks. Classes are 1 ½ hours in length.

A typical session includes 30 minutes of parent-child led activities. The activities are set up with the development of skills in mind. Parent-child time is followed by an Early Childhood Teacher led circle time for parents and children. The children then have a snack with a teacher while the parents discuss topics of interest with a Parent Educator. We close the class with some more family play time together.


We have many goals in our program but the most important one is to help you as you parent in any way we can. We are here to offer a safe play environment, fun art and learning activities for your children, and a parent meeting for parents to share ideas and thoughts about things that have and haven’t worked for them as parents, and to relax. Our program is for all children birth to Kindergarten age, so even if your child already attends a preschool program they will benefit by attending ECFE! It is a great opportunity to take an active role in your child’s education and to give them some one on one time away from all other distractions of home. If you have any questions please feel free to call me.


Carrie Hoffman
ECFE Coordinator
507-232-3411














WINTER SEMESTER ECFE CLASSES


DAY MIXED AGE CLASS
This class is designed for parents and their birth-5 year olds to come together with other children and parents and share some play and parent time! This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the other parents in the community that have young children and will also help your child explore the world of other kids. Part of this class will include a teacher lead circle time full of music and movement activities. Parents and children do NOT separate in this class.
There is no sibling care offered during this class.

Mixed Age Class
WHEN: Fridays

January 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 8

TIME: 8:30-10 a.m.
WHERE: Nicollet Early Childhood Center-Miss Carrie's Preschool Room
COST: $20.00/child
AGE: Birth-5 years








EVENING MIXED AGE CLASS

Young children are very busy! They are just beginning to explore the world of friends and sharing. ECFE gives them a great opportunity to practice their emerging skills. The first half of the class is spent with parents and children together exploring a variety of age appropriate learning games and art projects. After a short circle time, parents will have a short meeting with the parent educator. The interests of the group will help guide the discussion time. The parents in this class will help to decide whether they would like to separate for discussion time or have it in the classroom while the children are having snack and playing with Miss Jen. We hope to see you and your child there.

WHEN: Tuesdays

January 29
February 5, 12, 19
March 12, 19

TIME: 6:00-7:30 pm
WHERE: Nicollet Early Childhood Center-Miss Carrie's Room
COST: $20.00/child
AGE: Birth-5 years


SIBLING CARE
Sibling care is offered for brothers and sisters of class members during this class time. We ask that only the children registered for our classes be brought to the classroom. All other children younger or older should be taken to the sibling care classroom. This room is staffed according to the number and ages of children signed up to attend. Thank you for being considerate of all other families in the program. Sibling care is $10.00 per child for the session or $1.50 per night.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships are available for families who are not able to pay at this time. We want ALL Nicollet area families to participate regardless of financial situations. Just check the box on the registration form if you are in need of a scholarship and we will get you the appropriate forms to fill out.


ECFE EVENTS
FAMILY GYM NIGHT
Head to the gym to expend some energy in the winter. We will have balls, jump ropes, bean bag toss games, tunnels, and more! Come play with us to help get your wiggles out.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: NPS Gym by the office
AGES: Age 1-6th grade
COST: FREE



COOKING TOGETHER
Parents and children will have fun cooking and preparing healthy snacks together, and eating them! Come and join us for a fun time and delicious snacks that you prepare together. Did you know that children are more likely to eat snacks that they take a part in helping to prepare….

WHEN: Thursday, February 7th
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: NPS Community Room
WHO: Ages 1 ½ years-6th grade
COST: FREE


PLEASE CALL ME @ 232-3411 EXT. 1102 TO LET ME KNOW YOU WILL BE COMING TO THIS EVENT. THIS WILL HELP ME DO THE GROCERY SHOPPING
THANK YOU

Dr.Seuss Celebration
We will start the evening off with a short Dr. Suess movie in the theater and then we will do some fun crafts to go along with
Dr. Seuss stories.
We will also have a fun snack to
make and eat.
We will end the evening by reading a
Dr. Seuss book together on the carpet.

WHO: Ages 1 ½-grade 6
WHAT: Dr. Seuss movie, crafts, snack, story time
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5th
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: NPS Theater, and Community Room
COST: FREE



Parent Notes:
ATTENTION CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
ECFE classes give you continuing education credits. Certificates are available at the end of the class session.

SCHOOL CENSUS
Each school district is, by Minnesota state law, required to maintain an accurate and up to date census record of all residents, including children not yet in school.

If you have children 5 years and under who are not attending school, please contact Pat Thompson at 232-3411 and provide her with the child’s first name, middle initial, last name, sex, and birth date. This also ensures that our district receives maximum funding from state and local government, and that you will receive information abut ECFE and other services available through the district.

MINNESOTA HEALTH CARE PLAN
If you are unable to afford health insurance for your family the Minnesota Care Health Plan may be able to help. For just a minimal annual fee you can get help paying for the following services: doctor and health clinic visits, dental visits, eye check-ups and eye glasses, immunizations, prescription drugs, outpatient laboratory services, certain out patient mental health services, and home-care services. This is for Minnesota families not eligible for Medical Assistance and who meet certain income guidelines. For more information, call 1-800-657-3672.

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
Minnesota Law requires al children enrolled in a Minnesota Education Program to have up-to-date immunizations. This includes children in age group classes as well as children in sibling care. If you need an immunization form for your child, please contact Pat Thompson in the Nicollet School office. Please let us know if any of your children have any significant medical problems and/or food allergies on the first night of class.

HOW IS YOUR CHILD DOING?
Every child develops at a different pace, but there are some skills that children should develop by certain ages. Early intervention is available to help little ones birth to six years of age learn skills appropriate for their age and ability. If you have a concern about your baby’s/child’s development, call the Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC) in your county:
Blue Earth County/North Mankato 387-1818 Nicollet County 232-3411 x16

REGISTRATON FORM FOR ECFE CLASSES (Winter 2013)
Make checks payable to: Nicollet ECFE
Parent’s name ______________________________________________

Child’s name _______________________________________________

Address _____________________________ Phone ________________

Age ___________ Birthdate ______________ Classes signing up for:

Day Mixed Age Class-Fridays @ 8:30 a.m. $20.00 per child _________

Evening Mixed Age Class-Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m. $20.00 per child _________
Sibling Care $ 10.00 per child ________

Total _________

I would like information about a scholarship _________
Sibling Care ___________ yes _________no
Names ____________________________________ Ages __________


PLEASE REGISTER BY January 22, 2013
Mail check and registration to:
ECFE- Early Childhood Family Education
Nicollet Public Schools
One Pine Street
Nicollet, MN 56074

Please register by deadline date. Classes have been canceled because registrations were received late.

Any questions, please contact
Carrie Hoffman @ 232-4311.
Thank you!