Dayton’s Bluff Early Childhood Family Education celebrates 25th anniversary plant sale

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The Dayton’s Bluff E.C.F.E. Advisory Council is hosting its 25th Annual Plant Sale. A variety of plants are available from ornamentals to vegetables to hanging baskets. Plant pick up is held the Friday before Mother’s Day, just in time for local planting or Mother’s Day gifts.

All proceeds support Dayton’s Bluff E.C.F.E programming which this year includes purchasing equipment for the classrooms, educational speakers, and field trips to the Children’s Museum, a local apple orchard, and Dodge Nature Center & Farm.

Browse for plants and order online at http://www.ecfedaytonsbluffplantsale.org or call us at 651-293-5343 if you would like an order form mailed to you. Orders are due by Friday, March 30. Plants will be picked up at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center gymnasium at 800 Conway Street on Friday, May 11 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

St. Paul Early Childhood Family Education (E.C.F.E.) offers parent and child education for families with children between birth and kindergarten age. One defining feature of E.C.F.E. is that it includes a focused educational component for the parent as well as the child. During parent time, licensed educators lead parents through discussions intended to improve parenting skills, while children are involved in age-appropriate activities with an early childhood teacher.

E.C.F.E. is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first learning environment and that parents are a child’s first and most significant teachers. E.C.F.E. gives parents valuable information and support for a job that many describe as the most important they will ever have—being a parent. At the same time, parents develop strong social connections which in turn strengthen the community.

Dayton’s Bluff E.C.F.E. classes are held at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School located at 800 Conway Street. Classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evening, including two for Spanish speakers. Limited transportation is available for some classes. If you would like to enroll in a Dayton’s Bluff E.C.F.E. class please call 651-293-5343.

Christi Saari is a Dayton’s Bluff ECFE advisory board member.