Welcome to Early Childhood Family Education!






Fosston ECFE Community Needs Assessment   

Please take a moment to complete the 2017 Community Need Assessment at the link above to assist us with information for future programming.

What happens in ECFE? What is ECFE?
ECFE stands for Early Childhood Family Education.  The ECFE programs in Fosston offer classes held at the Fosston High School.  Classes meet once a week for 2 hours.

All ECFE programs include parent education, early childhood education, and parent-child interaction. 
  • Parent education time - Guided by a licensed parent educator. Conversations are focused on research-based curriculum and relate to child and parent development. Discussions are tailored to meet parent and family needs.
  • Parent-child time - Time in the children’s classroom for parents and children to play and learn together in a safe and educational environment.
  • Early childhood classroom time - Children will have time to play with their peers and enjoy activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher.
  • Family Events - Offered throughout the year.







ECFE classroom teacher is Nikki Gutterud.
Parent Educator is Dawn Bly.


For more information or to register, contact Dawn Bly, ECFE coordinator, at 435-6335



Are you on the school district pre-school database? Is there a new baby in your home? Are you new to the district? If so, call our district office at 218-435-6335 and we will you to our district pre-school database. Being added to the database will allow you will receive information on ECFE, Early Childhood Screenings, and Kindergarten Registration. The database also helps the district plan for upcoming enrollment projections as well as funding for ECFE.









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 the Fosston 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. The goal in ECFE’s is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth.

Young Children are growing at a high speed, so they require guidance and limits as they set out to try everything in sight. Our classrooms are set up to allow children to engage all their senses as they sing, dance, create, build, problem solve, communicate and socialize.

Children gain confidence, trust and independence as their parents separate for a facilitator-led parenting time, which focuses on parent generated topics including eating, toilet learning, separation anxiety, and language development as well as other relevant topics.

Each class provides many opportunities for your children to develop social and problem-solving skills while you enjoy some uninterrupted high -quality play and learning together time. You will also leave with new ideas and activities that reinforce the weekly classroom activities and new tools to use in your parenting journey.