ECFE / School Readiness



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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 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



2019-2020 Calendars:

2019-2020 Class 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.

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.


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:


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, May 1 5:30-7:00 p.m.


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!


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