Welcome to Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

  • What is ECFE?

    “ECFE is based around the idea that a child’s family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers.” The purposes of Early Childhood Family Education are to help parents provide for their children’s learning and development, strengthen families, and to help young learners develop to their fullest potential. ECFE provides the “Building Blocks for Family School Success”

    The Goals of Early Childhood Family Education
    To enhance parenting skills and support parents in their child raising efforts
    To share a special ONE on ONE interactive time with your child
    To be aware of child development and its stages as your child grows and develops
    To make new friends in a safe school classroom environment
    To give children an opportunity to discover and learn
    To foster effective communication between parents and their children


    ECFE Basic Information

    We are so excited to begin a new session of ECFE!
    The Hawley ECFE is a program offered through the Hawley Public School to provide educational opportunities for parents and children from birth to age five. Pre-registration is required so that preparations may be made for the sessions. It is also a Minnesota state law that all children attending must have up-to-date immunization records on file BEFORE the first day of class, so please be sure to provide them.

    More Information:

    We are so excited to begin a new session of ECFE!
    The Hawley ECFE is a program offered through the Hawley Public School to provide educational opportunities for parents and children from birth to age five. Pre-registration is required so that preparations may be made for the sessions. It is also a Minnesota state law that all children attending must have up-to-date immunization records on file BEFORE the first day of class, so please be sure to provide them. 

    The Hawley WINTER/SPRING ECFE Session will begin on THURSDAY, September 29th. 

    The cost is $15 per child or $25 per family.  

    ECFE FALL/WINTER 2022 SESSION
    Monday evenings, 6:00-7:30PM

    Thur Sept 29: Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch - Please meet us at the Hawley Elementary School at 6:00 on September 29 to ride on a school bus to the Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch. There will be an additional charge of $6.00 per person, payable at the Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch. This will include a horse drawn wagon ride, straw maze, petting zoo, one small pumpkin, little monsters game area, and Pumpkin Nook’s Educational Building. Please contact the elementary office at (218) 483-3316 to reserve your family’s spot on the school bus. If you would like to drive yourself, please contact the office and let them know you will meet us there.

    Mon Oct 10: Nature In the Fall - Fall is a great time to explore nature in Minnesota without mosquitoes or humidity! We will start this session by making lots of great projects inside our ECFE classrooms before moving to the Prairie Nature Center on the west side of the elementary school. Please be prepared with the appropriate clothing to spend some time exploring the great outdoors.

    ​​Mon Oct 17: Dinosaurs - Who isn’t intrigued that dinosaurs once roamed our Earth? We will explore dinosaurs from the inside out.  We will enjoy projects, dinosaur digging and making our own fossils.  Bring your best dinosaur ROAR and come explore these beloved animals from the past with us! 

    Mon Oct 24: Halloween Party - This session is sure to be a SPOOK-tacular good time! We will have many great activities to complete as well as some carnival games to participate in! If you would like, we encourage everyone (parents included) to wear Halloween costumes to make the celebration one to remember! Hope to see you there!

    Mon Oct 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN No ECFE

    Mon Nov 7: PT CONFERENCES NO ECFE

    Mon Nov 14: Feelings - Learning to identify feelings can be a challenging concept for toddlers and preschoolers. Today, let's explore feelings in the comfort of our ECFE classroom. From making crafts to watching faces, it is used to bring a smile to everyone's face. 

    Mon Nov 21: We Are Thankful Friendship Fun - Share a very special time with your little one during the Thanksgiving season.  During this session, we hope to help encourage everyone to appreciate all they have to be thankful for! At the conclusion of our session, we would like everyone to participate in a friendship feast.  Therefore, please bring a child-friendly snack in a sandwich size ziploc bag to share with each other! (goldfish, pretzels, marshmallows, cereal, etc) NO PEANUT SNACKS PLEASE. We will be combining all the snacks to create a “Goolosh” Friendship snack!

    Mon Nov 28: Teddy Bears - The bears won’t be hibernating at ECFE just yet.  Bring your favorite teddy bear with you tonight.  They will help us make bear themed projects and enjoy bear songs and stories with us.  It is sure to be a BEARY fun evening! Teddy bears are such a comfort to our youngest learners. Tonight, come into school to complete several different activities all centered around teddy bears!

    Mon Dec 5: Christmas Celebration - Come with your child to make special gifts to share this holiday season!  We will also have a Christmas celebration together with our ECFE friends.  We will play games, sing songs, have a gift exchange, (ECFE will provide gifts for each child) and have a visit from a jolly fellow in a red suit!

    THANK YOU!  We look forward to working with you and your child.

     ECFE Registration Form 

  • If you have any questions, please call the Elementary School Office at 483-3316Educators:
    Parent Facilitator- Kelli Langerud
    klangerud@hawley.k12.mn.us