Another Great Resource

When parents realize that the Early Childhood Family Education Program (ECFE) is provided only in the state of Minnesota, jaws generally drop. Our state provides universal access to parenting education through each public school district. State licensed educators provide programming for both the children and the parents.
The schools, the Community Education departments and the Minnesota Department of Education work together to provide this wonderful program.

Another collaboration that benefits families with young children is the new Early Learning Digest newsletter which you can receive via email. The Minnesota Department of Education and the Working Family Resource Center have partnered to provide research-based information about the development of children from birth through age five. This collaboration is possible through two innovative initiatives of the Dept. of Ed.: MN Parents Know and Help Me Grow.

The Early Learning Digest provides a snapshot of information about parenting and child-rearing in a concise way that parents will appreciate. In addition, there are options within the e-newsletter to link to more information if you are interested in learning more about a topic.

The newsletter comes from a group of collaborators with a genuine interest in helping parents find the most useful and beneficial strategies for helping to raise the next generation–just like ECFE does!

Early Learning Digest is a resource you can trust. Click on this link to learn more about this informative newsletter, and to subscribe to its bi-monthly publication:

http://www.workingfamilyresourcecenter.org/WFRC/en/eld.asp

Mind in the Making

I’m paying attention more often now to those things that repeat themselves to me over and over again.  It seems that sometimes it takes a while to get my attention but when it does, it is worth it!  This fall, I’ve been exposed to opportunities over and over again to hear and read about a new book called, Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky.  This book speaks to seven essential skills children need to reach their fullest-potential.  The list includes:

  • Focus and Self-Control
  • Perspective Taking
  • Communicating
  • Making Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking on Challenges
  • Self-Directed Learning

Enticed to hear more?  Check out one or more of the following resources…

www.mindinthemaking.org

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu1V9GM6BXE

www.goodenoughmoms.com/node/170

We often hear important information and can feel guilty that we missed an opportunity.  The most heartening part is that they say that it’s not too early or too late to begin to establish these qualities!