Monday, July 2

Register for Fall 2018 ECFE!

Registration for Fall classes is open now, and will be open through July 23rd. The lottery will be run on July 25th and classes will begin August 29th. Click here for the catalog and here to register!

Friday, May 25

We Changed Our Name! (And Our URL!)

Up until 2014, there were three ECFE "Parent Advisory Councils", which were usually referred to as "PACs". In the 1990s and early 2000s, there may have been an even greater number of PACs in Minneapolis, but those details have since been lost to time. In, or around 2014, the East PAC was down to just one site location due to a few of their schools being remodeled, and some other now forgotten factors. In addition, most of the children of the parents on the East PAC had aged out of ECFE, so the East PAC decided to shut down, and merged itself in to the South PAC. This left just the North PAC and the South PAC. After continuing to operate autonomously for a couple of years, both PACs decided to pool their resources and become a single, city-wide Parent Advisory Council.

After this merger, in February of 2018, the newly unified PAC decided that the term PAC had too many political connotations, and that it would be better if we were known as the Minneapolis ECFE Parents Council. Of course, our old url no longer made sense, so we decided to also change our url to the new and improved Have a look around, and let us know what you think - or if you find any broken links!

Tuesday, May 15

Talking With Children About Race Speaker Event Wrap-up

Many thanks to Alicia Sojourner, Bethany Janson, and the 60+ parents that came out for the Talking With Children About Race event on Thursday night! Alicia sparked a lot of great conversation, and it seemed like everyone wished that we had had more than just ninety minutes of conversation. Some of the questions that we all asked ourselves:

- When did we first have a conversation about race or racism?
- What were the messages you received from your family about race?
- Who did you play with?
- Did your teachers always look like you?
- Did protagonists in books, movies, and television look like you and your family?

Like many parenting topics, Alicia reinforced that talking about race with children is most effective when we talk with our children early, and often. If you’re interested in learning more about Alicia and her work, follow Alicia on her Facebook page.

And please join us at our speaker events next school year, details will be announced over on our Facebook page.

Monday, April 30

Free Speaker Event: Talking With Children About Race.

Learn effective ways to have meaningful conversations with children ages 0-5 about race and social justice.
Alicia Sojourner, Racial Equity Coordinator City of St Louis Park AND
Bethany Janson, ECFE Teacher Minneapolis Public Schools.
Mona Moede - North Star School
2400 Girard Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Door 14)
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Light refreshments will be available. We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP on Facebook.

Saturday, March 31

Family Tree Clinic Speaker Event Wrap-up

Many thanks to Katie from Family Tree Clinic, and the 70+ parents that came out for the Parents as Sexuality Educators event on Thursday night! It was a great discussion around the kinds of conversations to have with our children about sexuality. Just a few of the important things that we discussed were:

  • All parents/guardians are sex educators.
  • The easiest way to have "the talk" is to talk early and talk often - Start talking about sexuality right at birth by labeling body parts, and to keep gradually advancing the conversation in age-appropriate ways as children get older and more mature.
  • Answer questions about sexuality with short, age-appropriate answers.
  • Books like It's Not the Stork on their own aren't enough, but they're a great place to start!

Join us at our next event in May, details to be announced soon over on our Facebook page.