Title of Project ECFE on Wheels Date of Project Continuous Early

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					                                                     Early Childhood Initiative
                                                       Promising Strategies

Title of Project: ECFE on Wheels            Date of Project: Continuous
Name of Coalition: Murray County
Minnesota Initiative Foundations:
  Initiative      Southern Minnesota Initiative
  Northland          Southwest Initiative
  Northwest Minnesota                          West Central

Local Priority Area:     K Transition   Social-Emotional Dev.  Health/Wellness       Quality Childcare
                         Advocacy/Public Policy   Comm. Engagement    Literacy       Other
Project Overview: (Briefly describe the activity and the partners involved.)
ECFE on Wheels provides a monthly 45 minute visit by a licensed teacher to participating home
daycares. Reading is central to the program and after reading 3-4 books, one of the selections is left
for the provider to keep. Songs, finger plays, art activities, and a variety of early childhood
experiences round out the visit. A parent page is left with the provider to send home to each family.
This includes book suggestions, activities that parents & children can do together, parenting tips,
and/or information about upcoming events for families of children birth to five.
The ECI coalition co-sponsors this project with Murray County, The Kiwanis Club of Slayton, ECFE, and
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Cost of Project: $1000-$2000
Project Results/Goals: (Briefly describe the results or anticipated results of the project.)
ECFE on Wheels has been well received. Beginning in January, 2007, participation has increased each
year to the current 13 daycares. The goals of the program are to benefit the children with additional
reading and age appropriate early childhood activities; to support providers and provide resources per
request; and to connect with parents through the parent letter.

# children 0-5 served 85 month     # children 6-18 served           # adults served 13 # families served 68
Lessons Learned:
The children LOVE these visits and we have received enthusiastic support from the providers involved.
We continue to invite all providers; some overcome an initial hesitancy to welcome the visits.
Relationships have developed with the providers providing increased validation for their work and a
stronger community connection. Our goal together is to enhance the care for children birth to five in
our county.

   Continuous Project
  One Time Project

 For additional information on this project, please contact the Minnesota Initiative Foundation listed above.


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