• ECFE is the first step in your child’s educational journey.
    STMA recognizes the importance of early education for children and families. 
    It is our mission to provide each family with a positive introduction to STMA schools. 

  • The STMA Tradition of Excellence starts here! 

Circle time at ECFE

What is Early Childhood Family Education?

  • ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers.

    ECFE works to strengthen families.

    ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth.

  • ONLINE CENSUS NOW AVAILABLE!
    Families can now complete the census online!  
    If you are new to the district or have a new familiy member! Adding your children to the census is the best way to ensure that your family receives district information. We also receive early childhood funding based on our census numbers.
    Thank you for your participation.
    STMA CENSUS

Where is ECFE Located?

  • ECFE is located in the STMA Community Education Center. Park in the parking lot directly behind the Historic St. Michael Catholic Church (enter from Co. Rd. 19) and enter through door A. You may also park in the larger lower lot and enter through doors C or D.

  • The St. Michael/Albertville Early Childhood Family Education program’s goals for parents and children are as follows:

    When attending the STMA ECFE program, children will:

    • build relationships with peers and adults as well as develop emotional connections and expression of feelings and grow an appreciation of rules
      and routines.  (SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL)
    • establish verbal and nonverbal tools for communicating with others and participate in books, stories, and songs.  (LANGUAGE/LITERACY)
    • use exploration to discover new information through play and become problem solvers by approaching new activities with curiosity and wonder.  (COGNITIVE)
    • express creativity through multiple mediums and be encouraged to use imagination during pretend play and social interactions.  (ARTS)
    • grow large and small motor control and coordination during physical activity and develop self-help skills by expanding independence.  (MOTOR)

     

    While working with parents, the STMA ECFE staff will:

    • Communicate the importance of parent’s role as child’s first teacher
    • Provide parents realistic expectations and knowledge of child development stages.
    • Support parent-child relationships and demonstrate positive interactions 
    • Guide parents through transition of early childhood to kindergarten and school-age years
    • Provide opportunities for formal and informal social networks
    • Introduce families to available community resources