WHAT HAPPENS IN ECFE? Parent discussion groups, play and learning activities for children, parent-child activities, special events for the entire family, community resource information for families and young children, and libraries of books, toys and other learning materials!
WHO PARTICIPATES IN ECFE? Parents and children participate together. It is the goal of ECFE to serve a representative cross-section of families with young children our community. All families have different needs.
WHY START AT BIRTH? Brain research confirms that the first three years are an extremely critical period in a child's development. This is especially true in the areas of language, social skills and the roots of intelligence. An infant's daily interactions with caregivers actually determine the structure of some of the areas of the brain itself. Getting involved in ECFE can help parents be better equipped to deal with the challenges of caring for these rapidly developing infants and toddlers.
WHY INVOLVE PARENTS? Research shows that early childhood program involving parents and children are more effective than programs focusing exclusively on children. Educators and psychologists agree that it is vital for early childhood programs to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children. Involvement prior to kindergarten encourages parents to play an active role in their children's learning throughout their entire education. Children whose parents are involved in their education have been shown to be more successful in school.