The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 18, 2014

In brief: This week's Early Childhood Showcase; Wildlife program at Elk's Nature Center

The Mankato Free Press


ECFE program targeted to children with delays, disabilities

This week's showcase is provided by Mankato's Early Childhood Family Education program:

The Mankato Early Childhood Family Education program uses a program called TACSEI in its preschool classrooms. What is TACSEI? It stands for the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children. TACSEI is a program that takes evidence collected on the most effective and research-proven practices and puts them into actual, everyday practice.

The result is that decision makers, caregivers and service providers have an enhanced awareness of, understanding of, and ability to use evidence-based practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities. Evidence based practices mean that you are using techniques that have been shown through quality research to be highly effective in getting kids to behave in more appropriate ways. These findings and practices are useful for all parents and caregivers of young children.

The research has shown that children involved in programs using TACSEI have significant improvement in social skills and reduction in challenging behaviors. How can you benefit from this information? The TACSEI website,, has handouts and information on topics like biting, hitting, fear, improving behavior, social and emotional skills, and many other helpful topics under the Families section. If you would like more information check out the TACSEI website or contact the Mankato ECFE at 625-4620.

Parent and child classes are starting soon. Visit to see our class offerings.

Elk's Nature Center hosting wildlife program today

MANKATO — The Elks Nature Center will be hosting naturalist Scott Kudelka for a presentation on Minnesota wildlife 1-2:30 p.m. today

The program is free. Elk’s Nature Center is located at 555 Stoltzman Road, in Rasmussen Park.

During his interpretive program, Kudelka will discuss some of the more interesting characteristics of 14 different mammals including the badger, coyote and skunk. There will be a number of hands-on activities including “Guess the Critter.”