ISD 544

Early Childhood Family Education

Welcome to ECFE!

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers classes for all parents and their children ages newborn to not yet in Kindergarten. ECFE is based on the belief that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher and that the home is the first learning environment.

Most classes offer a time for the parents and children to interact together followed by a parent discussion group where parents have a chance to share the joys and concerns of raising young children.

Classes are offered for all ages of children and include music and movement, language and literacy, creative arts, science & discovery, pre-reading and pre-math activities.

Parents stay with their children during all infant and toddler classes.

Evening classes are also offered. Please let us know how we might better accommodate your family’s needs.

ECFE offers parent-child classes, parenting classes and special family events. Our Partnership programs include:

We offer ECFE classes for parents and children Mondays through Fridays, morning and evenings and many one-time special events, including opportunities throughout the community.


District 544 has provided early childhood programming since 1986.

  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) (located at Early Childhood Center @ 1519 Pebble Lake Road)
  • Otter Pre-School (all classes at EC Center)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

This programming allows for matching a wide variety of services with the needs of participating children. The service agencies collaborate to meet the health, education and social needs of children in order to enhance their learning, development, and future success in school.

For program and registration information, feel free to stop by or call our office:

Karen Hanan, ECFE/School Readiness Coordinator

Early Childhood Center @ 1519 Pebble Lake Road (physical location)

mail address: 601 Randolph Ave.

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

218-998-0544 Ext.9529