Drive-through parenting—what a concept

By Lana Puffer, ECFE Coordinator

Wouldn’t it be great if we could pull up to a drive-through parenting menu board, say to the black screen, My child won’t stay in her bed at night. I need a #2 to go.? We’d pull up to the window. Be handed our solution in a bag, and off we’d go.

Unfortunately parenting doesn’t have a one-stop menu board. Raising children is not as simple as making a menu selection and being given an immediate solution. What are parents given? Early Childhood Family Education!

ECFE is a valuable resource for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. ECFE is one of the few programs that offers consistent parenting education to parents with young children. Parenting is a challenging job. ECFE provides valuable information and support during these important years. Parents who participate in ECFE say that they are more confident in their role as a parent, better understand and respond to their children’s behaviors, read and talk with their children more frequently. They are also more likely to be involved in their children’s education. Many of these are directly related to readiness for school. Participating in Early Childhood Family Education can give parents a full meal menu with sit-down service and plenty of time to eat.

Early Childhood Family Education is a real value meal also. An emphasis on parent education helps assure that parents are knowledgeable about what they can do to optimize a child’s growth during the early years. This information can extend to the school-age years and beyond, helping parents to continue to positively impact their children. The New Prague area school community benefits when parents are more skilled and invested in their role as parents, and children have positive early life experiences and enter school eager and ready to learn. ECFC builds stronger communities by decreasing isolation and increasing family social support. What a bargain.

The Early Childhood Family Education 2006 Winter/Spring brochure will be mailed to your home soon. We have a full menu of parent-child classes and special events. Classes are available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Classes are held in New Prague and New Market. Classes are affordable. What do all classes provide? A real meal deal! Drive up to ECFE and come on in. Discover a great place for your family.

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