Welcome to Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)


The Early Childhood Family Education program (E.C.F.E.) is for parents and their young children (birth to kindergarten). E.C.F.E. participants grow and learn together with other parents of young children. Three six week sessions are offered on a Monday evening with one special event each session.

The goal of E.C.F.E. is to offer support and information to parents that will enhance their child’s learning readiness. Taking time to explore the world together will give you and your child a foundation for a lasting relationship. Taking time to talk with other parents, while your child interacts with other children, will give you both a sense of connectedness.

Families may register for the entire session or pay for each individual class. A sliding fee is available for families paying for the entire session or there is a flat rate for an individual class. No one will be denied participation due to inability to pay. Contact the Early Childhood Center to register.

What Types of Classes are Offered?

Child/Parent Togetherness, Parenting Classes, Multi-age interaction, KinderConnection, Concerts, Family Fun Nights, Guest Speakers, Holiday Parties


All families within the Houston School District with children birth-kindergarten Minnesota state law requires every child attending the ECFE program have an immunization record or notarized statement for exemption from immunizations on file with the district. Please bring your child’s record with you to the first session.


Togetherness time - First 30 minutes of the class period. Activities provided for parents and children to learn and grow. Teacher lead group story time

For your child: Interact with peers. Hands on activities.  Time to play and learn.

For Parents:  Time for parents to interact with other parents.  Informal facilitated parent discussion. Educational information.

ECFE Activity

Monday, October 9th Fire Safety – Come tour the Houston Fire Station and learn about fire safety  from the fire fighters! 

RSVP to jamie.woodard@hsd294.us or 507-896-5323 ext. 7 

Cost: Session fee or $5/class

 If you have a child from birth to 5 years old and would like to learn more about ECFE please call the 507-896-5323 option 2 or 7 for more information. Dates of upcoming classes this session are October 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13. Time of all classes is 6:00 – 7:15 PM. Parents of preschoolers watch your mailbox for postcards for information about future classes. 

Website for the District Census

Please use this confidential website to enter your information if you live in the Houston District with an infant or preschooler. This will ensure that you don’t miss out on newsletters sent out to families. If you know of a new family in town or a new baby, please direct the family to this website.