ECFE / School Readiness

ECFE/ School Readiness Classes

Don’t let your child be left out.

School Census….counting every child 0-5 in the Barnum School District.

-Recently moved into our school district?

-New birth or family member ages 0-5?-New phone number or address?

Please call the Community Ed Office at 218-389-0108. 

Families on our census receive valuable information regarding services, screening, events, and Kindergarten Roundup.

 Mixed Ages

12 months-Kindergarten

ECFE includes parent-child time, parent education time, and early childhood education time. 

When: Fridays, Jan 10, 17, 24 31, Feb 7, 21, 28  Mar 6, 27, Apr 17, 24  May 8, 15

Time: 8:30-10:00a

Where:  Barnum Elementary School ECFE Room



Friends, Family Neighbors Education

12 months-Kindergarten

FFN will have a play and learn time, adult group time to socialize and learn new activities, snack, etc. to do with the children you are watching. 

When: Fridays, Jan 10, 17, 31 Feb 7, 21, 28 Mar 6

Time: 10:30-12:00p

Where:  Barnum Elementary School ECFE Room


New Parent & Baby Class

Babies birth-12 months & Expecting parents

A place where parents of new babies and expecting parents can come to socialize, share ideas, and seek advice about parenting in a safe and open-minded environment.

When: Fridays, Apr 17, 24 May 8, 15

Time: 10:30-12p

Where:  Barnum Elementary School ECFE Room


Early Childhood Advisory Board

Our Early Childhood Advisory Board provides input and guidance to our programs, helps organize fundraisers and events, and sets goals for our programs. Childcare and a light dinner provided!

Next Meeting Dates: Mon, Feb 3, Apr 6 from 5:30-6:30pm



Family Nights

Mark your calendars and watch for flyers! Inviting all early childhood families in the area to join us for fun family night events like movie nights, game nights, open gym, and a messy night!

Cost:  ranges from $2-5

Date: 2nd Wed of every month: Feb 12: Open Gym, Mar 11: Craft/Art Night, Apr 8: Game Night

Time: 5:30-7:00p


Spring Early Childhood Field Trip

Friday, Mar 13

Duluth Children’s Museum


Cost: $  10/child

           $  5/adult

*Free exploration, bring a cold lunch.

*Kids must be 3yrs old to ride the bus. 

*minimum of 20 attendees



Kindergarten Transition Night

Please join Kindergarten, Early Childhood teachers, and Little B’s for a fun and informative evening exploring large and fine motor activities that will help prepare your child for kindergarten. Childcare and a light supper will be provided. This event is for both parents and children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020.

Date: Tuesday, February 11

Time: 5:30-7:00p                             

Location: Meet in the Barnum Elementary cafeteria

Please rsvp with the number attending by emailing Alisha Bigelow at or by calling 218-389-3001.


Early Childhood Open House & Registration Fair

Sign up for 2020-2021 Early Childhood classes.

Must attend to fill out all paperwork.

Date: Thursday, April 30

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Barnum Elementary Media Center & Early Childhood Classrooms

Cost: $50 deposit due



Preschool Graduation for Begindergarten & Leaps & Bounds

Thursday, May 28

1:00 pm

Barnum Elementary Gym



Upcoming Events:

  • Preschool Screening: Mon, Feb 10 for more information, contact Nurse Cathy at


  • We will have our spring hanging basket fundraiser again this year, watch for more information.


  • Transportation Night is coming back Wed, May 20th. A planning meeting will be Feb 3



Transportation Night

Date: Wednesday, May 20

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: TBD

Cost: FREE event for all families

We will have snacks, games, activities, and lots of vehicles for everyone to climb on, explore and check out!

*Interested in helping plan this event?? Have a vehicle you want to share with the community? Come join us on February 3 from 5:30-6:30p in the ECFE Parent room at the Barnum Elementary.















Early Childhood / School Readiness Class Options 2019-2020

Early Childhood/School Readiness Paperwork 2019-2020

Begindergarten Supply List

Early Childhood Release Form

ECFE Bus form 2019 HALF x 2

ECFE New enrollment 2019_2020

Fee Charts Begindergarten 2019-20

Fee Charts L&B 2019-20

Fee Charts Little Steps 2019-20

Leaps and Bounds Supply List

Little Steps Supply List

2019 ECFE parent handbook

2019-2020 Calendars:

2019-2020 Class Calendars








Contact the Early Childhood office at 218-389-3001 or for classes, or questions. We offer a sliding fee scale (resembling the free/reduced applications), scholarships, and we are flexible with our payments for tuition!

Disclaimer: Community Education reserves the right to combine and/or cancel a class due to lack of enrollment.  All decisions will be made within 30 days of a class or session start date.