ECFE / School Readiness

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.

Early Childhood / School Readiness 2018-2019 Calendars:

Barnum School Readiness

A 4 Star Parent Aware Rated Preschool Program that will provide the following for your young child:

  • Kindergarten preparedness,
  • Social and emotional development,
  • Practice making good choices,
  • Opportunities to learn to care for self and others,
  • Promotion of language and cognitive skills,
  • Nurturing of curiosity,
  • Activities to boost pre-math and literacy skills,
  • Activities to help develop gross and fine motor skills.


 Little Steps

3-year-old class

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays

First Day: Sept 11

Time: 8:15-11:15 am

Where:  Barnum Elementary School

Teacher:  Alisha Bigelow

Assistant: Sarah Vargo


 Leaps & Bounds

4-year-old class

When: Mondays, Wednesday’s, and Thursdays

First Day: Sept 5

Time: 12:00-3:00 pm

Where:  Barnum Elementary School

Teacher:  Alisha Bigelow

Assistant: Sarah Vargo



4-year-old class

When: Monday-Thursdays

Time: AM session 8:15-11:15

PM session 12:00-3:00 pm

First Day: Sept 5

Where:  Barnum Elementary School Begindergarten room

Teacher:  Kaitlin Warpula

Assistant: TBD

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. 


What is ECFE?

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a public school program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten. The program recognizes that families provide children’s first and most important learning environments and parents are children’s first and most important teachers. The mission of ECFE is to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.

All ECFE programs include parent education, early childhood education, and parent-child interaction.


 Mixed Ages

18 months-Kindergarten

When: Fridays, Jan 11, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, Apr 5, 26, May 3, 10

Time: 9:00-10:30 am

Where:  Barnum Elementary School ECFE Room

Teacher:  Kaitlin Warpula

Assistant: Sarah Vargo/ Alisha Bigelow

Community Expert: Kelly Copenhaver



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 provided!

Next Meeting Dates: Monday, January 28 and Monday, March 18, 2019 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 $2-10

Date: Wednesday, April 3 and May 1 5:30-7:00 p.m. 


Spring Registration Fair!

Calling all parents and guardians of preschool age children! Join us at our spring registration fair! This is your chance to see the classrooms, meet the teachers, and register for the 2019-2020 school year! Due to some changes within the program for the upcoming school year, we will have a short informational meeting and registration, and then the classrooms will be open to tour.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 will hold your spot for the fall. If you have any questions, please call Alisha at the Early Childhood Office at 389-3001. Scholarships are available upon request. Childcare will be provided!

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 5:30-7:00pm (Informational meeting starts at 5:30pm)



Kindergarten Transition Nights

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 supper will be provided. This event is for both parents and children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2019.

Dates: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 5:30-7:00pm                          

Location: Meet in the Barnum Elementary cafeteria

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



Upcoming Events:

  • We will have our spring flower hanging basket fundraiser back this year!
  • Watch for more information coming home for our spring field trip!
  • Don’t forget to join us for our annual 5k fundraiser held during Barnum’s Spring Fever Days!


ECFE Enrollment Form 2017

Early Childhood Release Form

ECFE Bus Form

Fee Charts – Begindergarten 2017-2018

Fee Charts – Leaps & Bounds 2017-2018

Fee Charts – Little Steps 2017-2018

Begindergarten Supply List

Leaps and Bounds Supply List

Little Steps Supply List

For more information about school readiness programs, contact Early Childhood at 218-389-3001 or Community Education at 218-389-0108,