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Family Literacy/Even Start Program brings parents and children into classrooms
This program serves immigrant families within the Robbinsdale School District.Unique in it's approach, the program allows parents and pre-k students to attend class in the same building at the same time. Freed from childcare concerns, parents can learn skills that will enable them to better serve their families and the community. At the same time, their children can gain valuable early childhood education to prepare them for their k-12 school years.

Baby Massage with ECFE
Baby massage has been shown to benefit both baby and parent. It enhances baby's development, improves digestion and sleep. Parents may find that massage increases baby's ability to relax and enhances communication as they develop this intimate relationship. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes demonstrated techniques on the show.

Toilet Learning with ECFE
Toilet Training your child can feel like a daunting task but keeping a few simple considerations in mind can make the learning process more manageable.

The Parent and Child Relationship
February is "I Love to Read" Month. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes joined us with 4 helpful books for 4 important times in the relationship between parent and child.

ECFE Resolutions for Parents
At the beginning of the New Year, many of us reflect on the past year and look forward to the next while thinking of goals or resolutions to give us that "fresh start feeling". This morning ECFE Educator Denise Mattes shares some positive resolutions for parents in 2009.

Feeding Tips for Fussy Toddlers
March is National Nutrition Month. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes shares some general guidelines for feeding small children.

Green Parenting Tips from ECFE
In celebration of Earth Day, April 22nd, ECFE educator Denise Mattes shares some suggestions for creating a safe and eco-friendly environment for your family.

Connecting Families with Nature
After another long Minnesota winter, we can hardly wait to get outside and play in the green grass. This morning ECFE Educator Denise Mattes told us how good playing outside is for children's overall development.

ECFE: Summer Safety Considerations
ECFE Educator Denise Mattes with a few safety suggestions to help keep your children healthy and safe through the summer months.

Learning Through the Senses
Young children learn through their senses. ECFE Instructor Denise Mattes has some easy craft recipes you can make out of materials you might already have in your kitchen.

Getting Ready for Preschool
September is right around the corner and many children may be starting preschool for the first time. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes offers some suggestions to help prepare your child for their preschool experience.

Positive Discipline
One of the most important aspects of parenthood is to guide your child's behavior, helping them grow into self-disciplined, responsible adults with great problem solving skills!

Advice for New Parents: Bringing Home Baby
Today ECFE Educator Denise Mattes joins us with some important tips for parents who are adjusting to life with a new baby.

ECFE: A Great Resource for Minnesota Families
ECFE educator, Denise Mattes and parent participant, Alana Erickson share an overview of what ECFE is and what programs they offer.

Children and Nutrition with ECFE
March is National Nutrition Month. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes shares some strategies for parents to encourage
healthy eating habits for children.

Raising Earth-Conscious Kids with ECFE
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, ECFE Educator Denise Mattes joined us with some simple suggestions on how to teach kids to be better stewards for a healthier planet.

ECFE: A Preschool Screening Checklist
In the state of Minnesota, to enter a public school for kindergarten, a parent needs to provide the school with an immunization record and an early childhood screening summary. ECFE Educator Denise Mattes discusses what parents can expect at the screening appointment.

Nurturing Positive Sibling Relationships with ECFE
School is out for the summer. Brothers and sisters may be home together - all day long! This can lead to time for sibling bonding and sibling disputes. Denise Mattes,Early Childhood and Family Educator, discussed the reasons why siblings may have conflicts and how parental behaviors can help siblings develop a more positive relationship with each other.

Avoid Mega Meltdowns: Temper Tantrum Tips for Parents
Early Childhood and Family Educator Denise Mattes talks about temper tantrums, and how parents can cope with their child's outburst.

Building Strong Bonds with Daughters: ECFE's Classes for Dads
ECFE classes provide a perfect opportunity for fathers and children to come and play and learn together.

The Best Toys for Children: Batteries Not Included

Denise Mattes takes a look at toys that encourage learning in small children. Denise said whether it's an upcoming holiday or birthday, toys are a great gift for small children. Through interacting with toys, children develop important skills while they are having fun!

Advice for Establishing Holiday Traditions with Your Children
Parent Educator Denise Mattes shares some advice on how you make the holiday season memorable for your child.

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