Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness
Quality Learning Opportunities for You and Your Child
Parenting information and support for you!
What is ECFE and SR?
Bemidji's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness (SR) programs are for all families in the Bemidji School District. We offer many opportunities for you and your infant, toddler, two-year-old or preschooler.
We even have classes you can attend with more than one child.
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 SR classes are held at Paul Bunyan Center (3300 Gillett Drive NW)
and more SR classes are also held at Jack & Jill Preschool (on the BSU campus)
To inquire about current ECFE and School Readiness openings please contact Sue at 333-3119. Please register online (www.bemidjicommunityed.com), in person at the Paul Bunyan Center or at the Bemidji Community Education Office.
You may join a class any time during the school year.
Sibling Child Care:
Sibling child care is available for some of our ECFE classes. We will watch your children while you attend a class with another child/children. We will care for children from birth to 7 years. Fees for childcare are $3 per day.
Fees are determined according to a sliding fee scale based on your gross yearly family income and family size. You will see this fee once you register online. No family will be turned away because of inability to pay. Special payment plans can be arranged for any of our classes. Please call (218)333-3284 ext. 35311 or email Community Education Director, Rachel Amdahl at to request special payment arrangements.
Parents attend class WITH their child.
Fee is based on a sliding fee scale once you register.
As soon as you have your baby, please feel free to join this class! Parenting a baby is exciting and challenging as babies are growing and changing every day. Join other parents and their babies for this special time together in our infant/toddler classroom, which provides a safe and fun environment for exploration. Meet other parents to talk about feeding, sleeping, crying , soothing, adjusting to parenthood and other topics related to raising a baby. Childcare is provided for older brothers and sisters.
MONDAYS 6pm to 7pm at the Paul Bunyan Center
THURSDAYS 9am to 10am at the Paul Bunyan Center
Cost: A one time $5 registration fee
One Year Olds:
(1 year old by 9/1/2020)
Your toddler is busy exploring the world! Come for fun: riding toys, rolling balls, tossing bean bags, climbing, sliding and running. Parents and kids gather for short group times with songs and finger-plays. Parents share the joys and challenges of living with a toddler.
TUESDAYS 10:30am to 11:45am
WEDNESDAYS 8:45am to 10:00am
WEDNESDAYS 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Two Year Olds:
(2 years old by 9/1/2020)
Learn to appreciate the energy and emotions of your terrific two year old. We plan lots of active fun for you and your little one in a safe yet stimulating classroom. Parents separate to discuss two year old development, guidance, and more while the kids continue to play and learn.
MONDAYS 10:30am to 12:00pm
Use your child's age by 9/1/2020.
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. Sibling childcare is available for some of the mixed age groups.
MONDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-3) 8:45am to 10:15am
MONDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-5) 4:15pm to 5:45pm
MONDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-5) 5:45pm to 7:15pm
TUESDAYS (Mixed Ages 0-5) 8:45am to 10:15am
WEDNESDAYS (Mixed Ages 2-5) 10:15am to 12:00pm
NEW! Grandparents Class:
This new ECFE class is designed for Grandparents and their Grandkids! Whether you are a full-time caregiver grandparent or are just looking for a weekly outing, this class is meant for you! Enjoy special time with your grandchild followed by a discussion on grand-parenting in today's world. If your grandchild is already attending an ECFE or preschool class, you will not be eligible to attend this grand-parenting class.
THURSDAYS in September and October
(9/10, 9/17, 9/24/, 10/1, 10/8 AND 10/22)
* No class on 10/15 due to MEA break *
10:15am to 11:45am at Paul Bunyan Center
Cost: A one time $20 registration fee
For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.
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 to gain support and knowledge from other families and educators.
Enjoy playing in our early childhood classroom with your child, making arts and crafts, music, gym time, a parent education support group and a free lunch. Gain parenting skills, a positive support system, social skills for your child and a first introduction to school. Free transportation is available upon request. 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. No pre-registration is necessary.
MONDAYS 12pm to 1:30pm at Paul Bunyan Center
SR (School Readiness) Programs:
Child attends class WITHOUT their parents.
Children must be 3, 4 or 5 years old by September 1, 2020. Classes are held at Jack & Jill Preschool on the BSU campus and at the Paul Bunyan Center near the Bemidji Airport at 3300 Gillett Drive NW .
3 year olds attend 2 1/2 hour sessions two times per week.
4 and 5 year olds attend Pre-K from 8am to 2:30pm. We offer an every other day option and an every day option. Early drop off and after school care is available for full-day 4 and 5 year old Pre-K classes only. Activities are designed to prepare children for Kindergarten.
Please call Secretary Sue if you'd like to sign-up for any of these classes. She can walk you through the registration process!
Her number is 333-3119.
You can register for classes on this website today!
$5 Registration fee for ECFE classes
$10 Registration fee for SR (Preschool) classes