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.
Due to weather conditions, Minneapolis Public Schools have cancelled after school activities, which will close Bryn Mawr Elementary. We are looking for a reschedule date and will post that as soon as we have it.
Join us on Thursday, February 7th, at 6:30pm in the Bryn Mawr Elementary School cafeteria to learn about the importance of nature based play - even in the winter!
No RSVP needed, hope to see you there!
Join us for a free speaker event and optional guided night hike. Nature based play for young children (and adults!) is important, but it can be a little intimidating, especially during a long Minnesota winter. Where to go, what to do, and what to wear are common questions when planning outdoor play. Please join two local experts to learn more about why nature based learning is important, how to access/facilitate nature based learning with your own children, and how to build community around wild, urban spaces. Discussion to be followed by an optional 15 minute night hike in the surrounding wooded trails. Please dress appropriately!
If you're feeling cooped up with the cold weather, here is a list of the current MPRB Parent and Tot Playtimes. (This information doesn't appear to exist anywhere else online, so please spread the word via your social media accounts!)
Kenwood, Windom, Lyndale Farmstead, Armatage, and MLK are free. Lynnhurst charges a fee to participate.
If You’re Going to Play,
Bring Your “A Game” for Advocacy
Agitate: ECFE? Parent Education? Children? Funding? What or
WHO inspires you to lend your voice to a cause? What are you
feeling frothy about? What are you having passionate feelings
Articulate: Share your story. Time to craft your message. What is
it you want to say about ECFE? Practice it. Again. And again.
Condense it. Practice it some more, with feeling. There! You found
Amplify: Who else is singing your song? What organizations can
you connect with to amplify your voice? What does the research
say? Who else endorses this work? Power up your story with
Advocate: Who is out of the loop? Where are the gaps? Who
needs to hear your message? How will you deliver it? Who/What
are the roadblocks? Name them. Roll up your sleeves. Make a
plan. Grab a seat at the table. Bring your own chair if you need to.
Act: Organize. Go Public. SPEAK UP. Take Care of Yourself.
Move. March. Testify. Write. SPEAK UP. Lobby. SPEAK UP.
Repeat. Take Care of Each Other. What are your short term goals?
What are your long term goals? What are your longer term goals?
Assess: What gains are we making? What do we need to do to be
more effective? How will we share what we learned? How do we
build leadership in advocacy work?