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Park Picnic Dates for the Summer – Explore local parks this summer with unstructured play time!

Bring your lunch and join other families at 10 am for Picnic at the Park.  Make new friends, stay for lunch and bring your worn out kids home in time for afternoon nap.  Everyone is welcome!
June:
1st:  Berrywood
8th:  Oscar Kristofferson
15th:  Memorial Park
22nd:  Whipple Beach
29th:  Gregory
July:
6th:  Pelican Beach
13th:  Nisswa
20th:  Whipple
27th:  Pelican
August:
3rd:  Oscar Kristofferson
10th:  Kiwanis Park
17th:  Pelican Beach
24th:  Berrywood
31st:  Whipple Beach
Addresses/Directions:
Berrywood:  13199 Berrywood Drive (By Assembly of God Church)
Oscar Kristofferson:  5672 Baxter Lions Road (Behind Baxter Elem.)
Whipple Beach:  14441 Oakwood Drive
Gregory:  424 North 5th Street
Nisswa:  Take 371 N to Nisswa.  Turn right onto Main Street.  Turn left at Church Street.
Kiwanis:  1101 East River Road
Play groups are not affiliated with ECFE or ISD 181.  Play groups are coordinated by parents seeking fun and conversation with other children and their parents.  Everyone is welcome, but please act responsibly.

What is ECFE?

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten. ECFE is based on the idea that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE’s goal is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth.

Goals:
– To strengthen and support the well-being of families within Independent School District (ISD) #181 communities.
– To provide parents with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills.
– To provide meaningful activities and an enriched environment where children (age 0-5yrs) can explore, create and learn.
– To offer families opportunities to develop social networks.
– To connect families to additional community resources.
– To identify children with special learning needs.
– To have fun and make family life better.

Program options:
– Weekly parent & child classes
– Special events
– Open-play days
– Family resource library

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