Bemidji's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and School Readiness (SR) are for all families in the Bemidji School District who have preschool age children. We recognize that parents are a child's first and most important teachers -- and that sometimes parents need support and encouragement for this responsibility! ECFE/SR offers a variety of classes for you and your child: infants to pre-kindergarten.
Classes are offered 2 days per week, 2 1/2 hours per day, for children who are at least 3 years old by September 1 of the current school year. Drop off your child for this School Readiness class. They will experience educational activities guided by an early childhood teacher while interacting with their peers. A $10 non-refundable processing fee is requested with all applications. Monthly fees are based on a sliding scale. Register online!! Please call 333-8329 with questions.
Classes are offered 2 - 3 days per week for children who are 4 - 5 1/2 years old on September 1 of the current school year. Drop off your child for this School Readiness class. Activities are designed to prepare children for their move to kindergarten. ONLY Community Services Center and Jack & Jill sites offer early drop off at 7:30 am. After school programming is available from 2:30 - 5:15 for an additional $7 per day at all sites. When school begins, additional paperwork will be required to register for the after school programming. A $10 non-refundable processing fee is requested with all registrations. Monthly fees are based on a sliding scale. Register online! Please call 333-8329 with any questions.
As soon as you have your baby, please feel free to join this class! We offer a chance to connect with other new parents and answer questions you have about your new role as parent! We will discuss parenting issues, learn about child's development and talk about what you can do at home to encourage and appreciate your wonderful child.
Parents and children attend together and interact with activiities designed for fun and learning. Parents then separate for a facilitated parent group while the children continue playing, interacting, and developing skills with the early childhood teacher. At the end of class, parents and children reconnect for circle time with stories, songs, and fingerplays. Childcare for siblings is available during some classes.
Your toddler is busy exploring the world. Learn about your child's growth and development, experience a variety of hands-on activities with your child, and enjoy a facilitated discussion with a licensed parent educator.
Childcare for siblings is available during some of the one year old classes.
Bemidji Area Schools received a grant for a 4-year-old preschool classroom at Paul Bunyan Elementary for qualifying families. An Application for Educational Benefits (lunch form) will need to be completed to determine eligibility.
ECFE Special Events
Two year olds are growing at a high speed! They want to know how everything works and how it affects them. Your child will have time for activities with you and additional fun while you're out of the room for your facilitated parent group. There is NO childcare available for siblings.