Early Catholic Family Life Program

Catholic schools are encouraged to offer the Early Catholic Family Life [ECFL]Program as a part of their outreach to young families.

In the ECFL program, parents are supported in the spiritual and religious Catholic education of their children, ages 0 to 5 years, through participation in a seven-session/two-hour weekly program. Modeled after the Minnesota Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Program, each session includes a parent-child interaction component, a parent discussion time, and a children’s time.  Activities and shared ideas provide suggestions for establishing a Catholic culture in the home beginning in the very early years of childhood.

  • Individuals interested in participating in such a program should contact the local Catholic school or area faith community office to see if it is offered and to express an interest in the program.

  • Training manuals and program materials are available through the Office of Catholic Schools.

  • Facilitator training was held in the diocese in the summer of 2013 and is frequently held in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The program was developed by Jo Ann and Al Foley of St. Paul, Minnesota. Jo Ann and Al are active Catholic parishioners in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Jo Ann is a retired University of Minnesota Early Childhood professor.

If you would like more information about the program, or how to start it in your parish, please contact Joanne and Alan Foley at 612-925-1203, by email at alanfol@gmail.com or visit their website. Should you have further questions, please feel free to call the diocesan director of the Office of Catholic Schools.