Early Childhood Family Education


2017-2018 Preschool Registration Packet


2017-2018 Back to School Information

3 and 4 Year Old Preschool Programming Needs Survey

ECFE is a program where parents and children ages birth to 5 come to "school" together each week. Our programs set the stage for parent involvement and children's success in their K - 12 education. Your role as a parent in the beginning years of your child's life is crucial. Intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth occurs rapidly from birth to age 5.  At no other time will your child's development be as great.

Your home is the child's first learning environment. During these important years, you the parent are the child's most significant teacher.  Raising a child can be a very rewarding and sometimes frustrating experience.  We invite you to share with us the joys and challenges of parenting. 

Our classes are staffed by licensed family educators and Early Childhood teachers.  For further information please contact  - Shannon Wheeler ECFE Coordinator - 218-562-7520


For a listing of all of our Preschool & ECFE classes and activities click on the link:

ECFE Online Registration / Payment link
ECFE Online Payment / Registration Link
ECFE Online Registration Link
ECFE Registration Form
Registration forms can also be picked up at Pequot Lakes Family Education Center or call 218-562-7520.
Please register by mailing in the following form or bring it to the ECFE Family Center
All families are welcome.  No one will be denied participation due to inability to pay. 
ECFE Class Sliding fee  

 Yearly Income
  1-1 1/2 hour
       ECFE class fee        
 $25,000 or less                  $30.00
 $25,000 - $50,000 $45.00
 $50,000 - $75,000 $55.00
 over $75,000 $65.00

Sibling Care Fee: 12 week class = $20.00
After you have registered, assume that you are enrolled in the class of your choice.  You will be called only if there is a change or cancellation in the sessions.If you have any further questions, call 562-7520.
Mail the following form to : ECFE   30805 Olson St.   Pequot Lakes, MN  56472

Learning is Fun Preschool

Learning Is Fun Online Payment / Registration Link:

Learning Is Fun Payment Link

This class provides a preschool experience where children discover learning through songs, games, finger plays, art, snacks, and more. These classes incorporate many hands on activities that enhance the learning process for children. A parent or adult needs to attend the first class with their child and then the child attends alone for the remainder of the sessions.
Parents are asked to bring classroom supplies to school.  The Learning is Fun (LIF) suggested supplies are:
  • 1 box 5 oz Dixie cups
  • 1 package washable Crayola markers (regular, assorted colors, pip squeak or skinny)
  • Tissues
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored construction paper
Optional items:
  • Stickers 
  • Colored copy paper
  • Magnets
  • Flour, alum, salt, food coloring, baking soda, baby oil, vinegar (for play-dough and other recipes)
School Readiness
School Readiness is a preschool program for all 4 & 5 year old children in the Pequot Lakes School District. Children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2014 are eligible to attend. The program provides opportunities for children to help them prepare for the Kindergarten experience. Please see our School Readiness web page. Or for more information please call Shannon Wheeler, School Readiness Coordinator, 218-562-7520.
School Readiness Online Payment Link
School Readiness Payment Link

The Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Learning is Fun & School Readiness programs have been approved for the Four Star Rating by Parent Aware.  This is the highest rating given to a preschool program.  Scholarships are available for children age 3—5 based on income eligibility.  Please contact Shannon at 218-562-7520 for more information.

Parents are asked to bring classroom supplies to school.  The School Readiness (SR) suggested supplies are broke down by class:
Ms. April's Class                                                                                   
Tuesday All Day:
  • Colored construction paper
  • Flour - for play-dough
  • Small paper plates 
  • *Towel/blanket for rest time (to be kept at school, must fit in space above cubby when folded (5"x9"x12")
Wednesday/Friday a.m. / p.m.
  • Colored copy /typing paper
  • Large paper plates
  • Scotch tape refill - 1" core
Optional items:
  • Stickers
  • Alum (play-dough ingredient, found with spices at grocery store
  • Envelopes - #10, 4x6 or any other size
  • Additional packs of Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Broad Line Markers (different color collection:  classic, bold, tropical)
Ms. Jessie's Class
Label the following items:
  • Blanket for rest time (in a bag for storage)
  • 1/2" 3 ring binder with clear front pocket
  • Notebook
  • Plastic folder
Do not label the following items (they will be shared)
  • 4-6 Elmer's glue sticks
  • 1 box 5 oz. Dixie cups (must be 5 oz)
  • 1 pack Washable Crayola
  • Stickers 
  • Tissues
Optional items (do not label)
  • Tape (Scotch refil - 1" core, masking tape, blue painters tape)
  • Flour, alum, food coloring, salt, baking soda, baby oil (for play-dough and other recipes)
  • Magnets
  • Colored paper (construction or copy)
  • Pip Squeak markers (skinny)
  • Paper plates (large or small)
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screenings will be held on the following dates at the Pequot Lakes Family Education Center at Eagle View Elementary:
  • Monday, September 26, 2016
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, April 24, 2017

 In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten.  The free screening is for children ages 3 - 5 years old.  The best time for a child to be screened is between 3 and 4 years of age.  You will be contacted to schedule an appointment for your child.  However, if your child is eligible and you are either new to the Pequot Lakes School District or have not been contacted, please call 218-562-7520 or 218-562-7521 to schedule an appointment.

Online Tools

Mn Parents Know Website:  www.mnparentsknow.info

Visit this website for trusted parenting information, resources aand activities to help your children grow, develop and learn from birth through high school.

Early Learning Counts! MDE Parenting Webinars

Does your busy schedule make it challenging for you to attend Early Childhood Family Education classes? Are you interested in obtaining some practical, no-nonsense parenting tools and techniques to help you with your parenting journey? Join us for FREE monthly online parenting webinars dessigned specifically for parents of young children, ages 0-5 years old.  Register at www.workingfam.org  Participate in the "live" presentation or access the recorded version when it is convenient for you. While there, you can download a number of Timely Tips for Busy Parents.  These monthly webinars are brought to you through a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education and the Working Family Resource Center.

Get FREE messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year.  Text BABY to 511411. Or visit www.text4baby.org/index.html

Help Me Grow Referral

If you have concerns about your child's growth or development, visit www.mnparentsknow.infoand complete the Help Me Grow referral information. A professional will contact you to arrange a screening or evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for free Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services. You can also talk to a professsional and find out ways which you can get connected with various resources in Minnesota.

Watch Me Grow Scrapbook

The Watch Me Grow Scrapbook is a fun way to keep track of how your child is growing and learning from birth to five years. Visit www.mnparentsknow.info under "Newborn" and click on Help Me Grow to download a printable copy of the scrapbook with significant adults, such as aunts, uncles, and grandparents!

Child & Family WebGuide

Du to the expanding volume of information on the Web, parents can be overwhelmed with results form an Internet search on a topic. Experts from Tufts University have systematically evaluated sites to ensure that the child development and health research presented is of the highest quality and is parent friendly. You can quickly access information on these sites through the Google Custom Search at education.state.mn.us/ParentsKnow/acrossTheNet.jsf

Mom Enough (ME) Weekly Podcasts

Weekly half-hour podcasts on child development and parenting topics will be posted every Monday morning at www.momenough.com. Follow the podcasts, parents are encouraged to engage in an online MEs discussion on the moderated Parent to Parent form at www.MNParentsKnow.info

Early Learning Digest (ELD) is a free bi-montly newsletter, offering aarticles of interest for parents of children ages birth - 5years.  Information is digested from evidence-based sources, including the MN Parents Know website.  Subscribe electronically to receive each issue at www.workingfam.org

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Head Start Combination Program

*Head Start Offers Winning Combination Program at Pequot Lakes Family Center*

Head Start enrolls three to five year olds for the Combination Program at the Pequot Lakes Family Center.  Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that increases school readiness of preschoolers & works closely with families, as mentors & partners.  Head Start  provides a mix of center & home based services. Children go to the Pequot Lakes Family Center two half days a week. Meals provided.  The children & their families will recieve a home visit by the teacher every other week.  
Head Start serves children & families with limited or low income & for families with children with special needs. There is No cost to families who qualify for Head Start. For more information & to get an application, call 1-877-822-2011.

For more information on Tri-County Community Action Programs

Contact Diane Boike for more information.
218-341-9670 or 218-568-5216

Book Orders

ECFE/School Readiness
Scholastic Book Order Program

To order...

  • SIGN UP at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, register by clicking the “Don’t have a user name or password?” link. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown below. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me. 
    Class Activation Code: H3W7P
  • SELECT the books you’d like to order—choose from thousands of titles—many more than in our monthly flyers.
  • SUBMIT your order/payment to me online by the due date and your child’s books will be delivered directly to my classroom.

Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.
Of course, we still take paper orders in the classroom if that works best for you. Please include the name of your child’s teacher and payment made out to Scholastic Book Clubs (one check is okay even if ordering from multiple catalogs).

Go online here... to order.

If you have any questions you can reach me at 562-7530.

Ms. April
Thank you for your support.

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Learning is Fun Preschool
Ages 3 and 4

(Child must be 3 by September 1, 2015 and potty trained)

Early Childhood Center at Eagle View

Learning is Fun Fall Session 

Learning is Fun Preschool provides a preschool experience where children discover learning through songs, games, finger plays, art, snacks, and more. These classes incorporate many hands-on activities that enhance the learning process for children.  If you have any questions, please call 562-7520.

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School Census

Ages 0-5 
A census is now being taken to determine the numbers of all children ages 0-5 in this district. If you are new to the district or have not been enrolled in the Early Childhood programs please fill out the form below or contact Denise Caple at 562-7521 or Shannon Wheeler at 562-7520 to register your child in Pequot Lakes School District #186.

School Readiness

Ms. April helps the School Readiness students make cookies in class!!!