Welcome to Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Family Education!
The mission of Cambridge-Isanti District #911 Early Childhood Family Education is to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents in providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. (This is also the Minnesota ECFE mission.)
Early Childhood Room at Isanti Primary School
Early Childhood Room at Cambridge Primary
What Happens at ECFE?
The Typical ECFE Class has:
1) Parent-Child Activity Time
Parents and children play and interact together in the Early Childhood Room.
2) Parent Discussion Time
Parents meet in the Parent Room to discuss parenting topics and issues.
3) Child Activity Time
While parents are meeting, children stay in the Early Childhood Room to play and learn.
Some Features of ISD 911 ECFE are:
Parent Discussion Time
Play & Learning Activities for Children
Parenting Library & Resources
Parent Advisory Council
Located in Schools
Sibling Care Rooms-classes with sib care allow parents to spend one-on-one time with one child while another child is cared for in an adjacent room.
It is easy to register for ECFE classes and events:
Registration forms may be dropped off or mailed to this address:
Cambridge-Isanti District 911 Early Childhood
428 2nd Ave NW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone your registration in to 763-691-6691 or fax to 763-691-6692.
Our office is located in room 108 at the Cambridge Intermediate School.
Cambridge-Isanti ISD #911 Early Childhood Sites:
1) Cambridge Intermediate School – Early Childhood (CIS-EC)
428 2nd Ave NW
Cambridge, MN 55008
2) Isanti Primary School – Early Childhood (IPS-EC)
301 Heritage Blvd NW
Isanti, MN 55040
The administrative office is located at the CIS-EC. Office hours are from 8:00 to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Summer hours begin June 1st and are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 8 am – 2 pm for the months of June & August – we are closed in July.
ECFE information from the Minnesota Department of Education
Early Childhood Family Education
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. The program is offered through Minnesota public schools. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE’s goal is to enhance the
ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth.
Who participates in ECFE?
Parents and children participate together. Participation is voluntary and services are offered free, or for a nominal fee. ECFE is committed to accessibility for everyone, so fees are waived for families unable to pay.
It is the goal of ECFE to serve a representative cross-section of families with young children in each community. All families have different needs. Programs usually offer several sessions with specific topics to meet the need of families with special concerns, such as single parenting, teen parents, children with special needs, etc.
Who benefits from ECFE?
Society benefits from strong families and healthy, well-developed children. The potential of ECFE to prevent or reduce later learning problems of children has been confirmed by evaluation of ECFE and similar programs. Parents involved in ECFE report feeling more supported and more confident in their role as parents. They also report having a better understanding of how children develop and having improved parenting skills. Research strongly suggests that dollars spent on ECFE are more than repaid by savings in remedial health, education and welfare costs later.
What happens in ECFE?
ECFE programs are tailored locally to meet the needs of families in each specific community.
Most programs contain the following components:
• parent discussion groups,
• parent-child activities,
• play and learning activities for children,
• special events for the entire family,
• early screening for potential children’s health and developmental problems,
• home visits,
• community resource information for families and young children, and
• libraries of books, toys and other learning materials.
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 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.
Research shows that early childhood programs 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.