Early Care and Education is one of the most important investments communities can make for the future, ensuring that all children have the best possible start toward a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding.
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MN ECFE 50th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Jenny Heimark, Child Educator: Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness, Detroit Lakes Public SchoolsJenny Heimark, Child Educator, said "I enjoy helping families connect with each other and with resources to support their parenting journeys. I also love providing activities, songs and music and play opportunities for children and their families".

Detroit Lakes ECFE staff Jenny Heimark, Fran Rethwisch, and Jackie Erickson at the recent MN ECFE 50th Anniversary Celebration.
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Early Childhood Family Education, Detroit Lakes

ECFE/SR programming supports the role of parents and guardians as their child's first and most important teachers. Our staff and programming builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, connections to peers and community, and school readiness.  We offer child-only school readiness classes, parent/guardian and child together ECFE classes, family fun special events, parenting classes, “out and about” adventures, and more!

Visit: https:// communityed.dlschools.net/ecfe

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Child Care & Early Learning Information


About: Child Care and Early Learning Information for Families, Programs and Providers, and Communities

Getting Started as a Child Care Provider
  • Navigating the licensing process
  • Accessing business and training resources
  • Setting up your environment
  • Connecting with resources to build your high quality Program

Early Learning Minnesota Department of Education
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Minnesota is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age educators increase their levels of education, compensation, and commitment to the field by earning college credits and degrees.