Early Childhood Initiative
Title of Project: ECFE on Wheels Date of Project: Continuous
Name of Coalition: Murray County
Minnesota Initiative Foundations:
Initiative Foundation-www.ifound.org Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation-www.smifoundation.org
Northland Foundation-www.northlandfdn.org Southwest Initiative Foundation-www.swifoundation.org
Northwest Minnesota Foundation-www.nwmf.org West Central Initiative-www.wcif.org
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
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
One Time Project
For additional information on this project, please contact the Minnesota Initiative Foundation listed above.