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

Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Becker County Museum - Minnesota Digital Library
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Zero to Three

About: Early Connections Last a Lifetime. To ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.  Since 1977, we have translated our expertise in the science of early childhood development into pioneering programs, field-leading training and resources, and responsive policy solutions. As a membership-based organization, we provide a vibrant, connected community for professionals in diverse disciplines focused on child development who are committed to advancing their knowledge and skills. Our work creates lasting, transformative change for children, their families and our future

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)


About:  CDC is a national science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health. For more than 70 years, we’ve put science into action to help children stay healthy so they can grow and learn; to help families, businesses, and communities fight disease and stay strong; and to protect the public’s health.

Center For Inclusive Child Care (CICC)


About:  CICC provides free relationship-based professional development (RBPD) including support, training, modeling, and resources to child care programs throughout Minnesota.



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