Welcome! This blog is for members of the Minneapolis ECFE Parents Council (formerly known as the "PAC"). Here you will find minutes, updates, links, and discussions relevant to the Parents Council. Take a look around the site or click on the tabs below for detailed information.
Sharing the handout from the well attended Parents As Sexuality Educators event in May. Big thank you to Katie Robinson from Family Tree Clinic for all the knowledge sharing! Parents As Sexuality Educators Handout
The April ECFE Parent Council meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 25th. Meetings take place from 7:00-8:30 pm, held at MPS Wilder School at 34th & Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (on the south side of the Wilder Complex. Enter through Door #2.)
The Minneapolis ECFE Parents Council is a group of parents, grandparents, and other adults in ECFE. Join us in supporting the ECFE programs at all of the ECFE sites in the following ways:
-Increase awareness of ECFE. -Raise money for the ECFE classrooms. -Advocate for ECFE in the community and the legislature. -Coordinate events that bring families together. -Provide feedback to ECFE Administrators on classes.
ECFE Parent Council FAQs Q: Why is volunteering for the Parents Council important? A: We think that ECFE is a valuable program that we want to continue to thrive, and to be around for our children's children. Volunteering with the Parents Council allows us to support ECFE directly and achieve that goal. The ECFE Parent Council is a 501(c)/nonprofit organization.
Q: Do Parents Council members get priority when signing up for ECFE classes? A: This is a great benefit for joining Parents Council! While Parents Council members are not guaranteed a spot in any class, they do move up the priority list, and generally get their first or second class choice.
Q: May I bring my child(ren)? A: Yes! Feel free to bring infants into meetings - and to nurse/bottle feed. Young children are welcome, too. ECFE childcare is available for them in a different room, but on the same floor. If you would like to request free childcare, please call 612-668-2127 by noon on the Monday before the Parents Council meeting. Otherwise, childcare may not be available.
Q: May non-Parents Council members come to meetings? A: Absolutely. All ECFE participants—Parents Council members, or not—are welcome, can participate during the open forum/check-in time to raise concerns, and to ask questions.
Upcoming FREE event sponsored by the ECFE Parent Council, please join us!
When: Wednesday, April 17th Where: Longfellow Alternative High School, 3017 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN, 55406 Speaker: MariAn (M.A.) Klein is a founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She has been a member of the organization for 6 years and is currently on its leadership team. While she has had many roles, one she is most proud of is being on the team who helped lobby passage of the Domestic Violence bill into MN law. Description: Each year in the United States, nearly 260 children aged 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 600 more die by suicide with a gun each year. In MN, 75% of gun deaths occur from suicide. Join us as we discuss the Be SMART framework. A way to help parents and adults proactively navigate tough conversations and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
Due to the Winter Storm Warning, the team has decided to cancel our 4/10 Mpls ECFE Parent Council meeting.
The meeting is tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm at Wilder. RSVP on Facebook.
We are hoping for a big turn out--and will vote to elect our leadership team (e.g., chair/co-chairs, treasurer, secretary) at our rescheduled April meeting; please consider submitting your name to lead our Parent Council in 2019-2020. The PC is eager to receive your input and continue our valuable community outreach
Back for a second year due to high demand! Learn effective communication skills that support parents in talking with their children about various sexuality topics. Parents learn typical stages of sexual development for children and adolescents (ages 0-6), also gain strategies for navigating challenging conversations with youth.