Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness (SR - Preschool)














Bemidji's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness (SR - preschool) programs are for all families in the Bemidji School District.  
We offer many opportunities for you and your child ages birth to five years old.
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 that meet on a weekly basis.

ECFE and preschool classes are held at Paul Bunyan Center
(3300 Gillett Drive NW)
Additional preschool classes are also held at Jack & Jill Preschool
(on the BSU campus) and at JW Smith Elementary


To inquire about current ECFE and Preschool openings, please contact Sue or Eileen at 333-3119.  
You can register online at (www.bemidjicommunityed.com) or call Bemidji Community Education at 333-3119.

You may join a class any time during the school year.  

ECFE/SR Fees:
Monthly fees are listed below each class description.

If a financial situation is limiting your child's participation in an ECFE class, please contact Rachel Amdahl at 333-3119, ext. 35311 or email her at to discuss a reduced tuition rate and how we might support you. A written request is needed for this type of arrangement to be considered. 
No family is turned away for inability to pay.


ECFE Classes:
Child attends class WITH their parent/caregiver.
There is a one time $10 registration fee for all ECFE classes.

Baby Class:
Having a new baby is both exciting and challenging. This class helps you get off to a great start with your baby in the comfort of our ECFE classroom. Meet and connect with our licensed parent educator and other parents of baby's. You can expect discussions about common concerns such as adjusting to parenthood, sleep and feeding issues, calming techniques, and infant development. You are welcome to join this baby class at any time during the school year.
TUESDAYS 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Cost:  FREE after a one time $10 registration fee



One-Year-Old Olds:
Use your child's age by 9/1/2021.

Your toddler is busy exploring the world and this class is designed to be your time to slow down and enjoy your child.  You will experience a variety of hands-on activities, sing songs, participate in creative and messy projects, learn about your child's development and enjoy a facilitated discussion with a licensed parent educator.
MONDAYS 8:30am to 10:00am
WEDNESDAYS 10:15am to 11:30am
Tuition is $40 per month.


One-& Two Year-Old Olds:
Use your child's age by 9/1/2021.

Your toddler is busy exploring the world and this class is designed to be your time to slow down and enjoy your child.  You will experience a variety of hands-on activities, sing songs, participate in creative and messy projects, learn about your child's development and enjoy a facilitated discussion with a licensed parent educator.
WEDNESDAYS 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Tuition is $40 per month.



Mixed Ages 0-5 Year Olds:
Discuss the joys and challenges of parenting, explore the world through your toddler's eyes, and share fresh activity ideas. Group discussion, resources, support, and education from our parent educator will increase your joy and confidence as a parent. 
WEDNESDAYS 4:15pm to 5:45pm
Tuition is $40 per month.



Mixed Ages 2-5 Year Olds:
Use your child's age by 9/1/2021.

As your child is exploring growing independence, these classes will provide opportunities ot practice social skills, early literacy and math skills, creative art and more!  The classroom will have engaging learning centers that will develop school readiness skills. Parents will have the opportunity to develop connections with other parents and learn how to support your child's needs. Bring more than one child to class, if  you wish.   
MONDAYS  (Mixed Ages 2-5)  10:15am to 11:45am 
MONDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-5)  6:00pm to 7:30pm
TUESDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-5)  8:30am to 10:00am
Tuition is $40 per month.


3 - 5 Year Old ECFE Plus
Use your child's age by 9/1/2021

ECFE Preschool meets two days per week. Parents will attend with the child each Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00  and the child will attend solely on Friday 8:30 - 10:30. 
It's the perfect combination!
Tuition is $75 per month
 

Explore & Play
Ages Birth - 5 years

Families are welcome to drop in and play every week. Watch for registration information in the fall.  The entire class is devoted to parent and child activities. Enjoy sensory activities, music, art and story time.  No parent education time. 
MONDAYS 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Cost is $5 per family, per time.
Pay when you come.
No registration is required. 

 

Parenting Together:
For caregivers of children ages 0-5.

Parenting can be challenging especially when experiencing extra life challenges.  Have you been affected by poverty, homelessness, family separation or other difficult circumstances and would like additional support for you and your child?  Join this class for support and knowledge from other families and educators.   
 Gain parenting skills, a positive support system, social skills for your child and a first introduction to school.  This class is a collaboration between Bemidji Area Schools ECFE and the Village of Hope (Family Homeless Shelter) with funding support from the Neilson Foundation and Beltrami Electric Cooperative members.  Referrals are also welcome from community agencies and organizations.  If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Cailee at (218)760-1301.  
You must call Cailee to register for this class-- no registrations online.
TUESDAYS 11:30am to 1:00pm  
FREE - NO TUITION



Sibling Child Care:
If you are in need of sibling care for an ECFE class, please contact Cailee Furer at 333-3119, ext. 46322. 



SR (School Readiness) Programs:
Child attends class WITHOUT their parent/caregiver.

Children must be 4 or 5 years old by September 1, 2021.  
Classes are held at the Paul Bunyan Center (near the Bemidji Airport) Jack & Jill Preschool (on the BSU campus) and at JW Smith Elementary. 

4 and 5 year olds attend Pre-K classes from 8am to 2:30pm.  

We offer a few different options:
* 5 days a week at the Paul Bunyan Center and Jack & Jill Preschool ($450 a month)
* 5 days a week at JW Smith Elementary - Voluntary Pre-K Grant and students must live within the school boundaries of JW Smith. (Tuition is free)
* 3 days a week (M,W,F) at Jack & Jill Preschool ($250 a month)
* 2 days a week (T,Th) at the Paul Bunyan Center and Jack & Jill Preschool ($200 a month)

Early drop off begins at 7:45am and after school care is available until 5:30pm.   

If a financial situation is limiting your child's participation in a preschool class, please contact Rachel Amdahl at 333-3119, ext. 35311 or email her at rachel_amdahl@isd31.net to discuss a reduced tuition rate and how we might support you. You may be eligible for a Pathway II grant.
A written request is needed for this type of arrangement to be considered. 
No family is turned away for inability to pay.


Questions?
If you have any issues registering or have questions about specific classes, please call Secretary Sue or Secretary Eileen at 333-3119.  

As a reminder, if an ECFE class or a Preschool class is full, we can put your name on the waiting list and will contact you if there is an opening. 

You can register for classes on this website today!
$10 Registration fee for ECFE classes
$30 Registration fee for SR (Preschool) classes