Early Childhood

& Family Education

Preschool Registration

Our Preschool Classes

School Readiness (4-5 Year Olds)

Four and five year olds are invited to attend a class that is designed with their energy and love for learning in mind.

Every day we work on the necessary social skills and kindergarten readiness skills that will ensure that your child is ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten.

Your child will enjoy engaging activities, learning stations, gym and outside times, art and exploration, and a circle time with stories, songs and rhymes.

Class options are below:

Kids Together (3-4 Year Olds)

Three and four year old kids are invited to attend a class that is designed to work along side our ECFE classes. We will have breakfast, a circle time, story, and creative activities.

Your child must be at least 3 by Sept. 1st AND potty trained

Kids Together Classes work on all kinds of preschool skills to help prepare your child for School Readiness classes. Your child will love making new friends and building social skills, listening to stories, engaging learning centers, gym and outside time, art and exploration, and circle time with stories, songs and rhymes.

Don't forget your school supplies!

Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education is designed for parents and their children ages birth to age 5. ECFE recognizes the home as the child’s first learning environment and parents as their children’s primary and most influential teachers. The mission of ECFE is to work alongside parents to promoting curiosity, creativity, and risk taking in young children through social/emotional, academic and educational opportunities in a supportive and encouraging environment.

2022-2023 Classes


9:15am-10:00am (0-15 months) Infant Music & Movement 

Come explore the challenges and joys of adding a new member to your family. Each class will have music, play, reading and activities. This is a non-separating class that will include time discussing with other parents the variety of important developmental topics for parenting an infant.


10:30am-11:30am Toddler Time (1-3 years) 

Come explore the classroom together for this non-separating class. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different stations each week followed by circle time together and movement in the gym. Parents, grandparents and caregivers all welcome!


4:00pm-5:30pm ECFE Family Class (3-5 years old) 

Come enjoy the classroom together with a variety of activities and circle time fun before separating for the last 30 minutes of class to discuss a variety of parenting topics.



9:00am-10:00am Toddler Time + Music & Movement ( 2-3 years old) 

Come explore the wonderful world of music & movement. This class is made for active toddlers who would love to spend time singing and dancing. This is a non-separating class and will be held in the ECFE gym and classroom.


10:30am-12:00pm ECFE Family Class (3-5 years old) 

Come enjoy the classroom together with a variety of activities and circle time fun before separating for the last 30 minutes of class to discuss a variety of parenting topics.


Early Childhood Survey

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Parent-Aware Rated

The Pine River Backus Early Childhood preschool program is a 4-Star Rated program.

The State of Minnesota recognizes us for using practices that best prepare children for kindergarten. Check out parentaware.org for more information.

We provide Pathway II scholarships for qualifying families.

Preschool Screening

A quick and simple procedure to make sure your child is reaching all health and developmental milestones, the screening consists of a height and weight check, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening, social emotional parent report, and a health and immunization review.

This screening is required by the State of Minnesota for entrance in both Kindergarten and School Readiness / Kids Together Classes. PRB provides the screening free of charge. 

If you have a child 3-5 call, please fill out the online form or call/email Molly Hoffarth to set up your screening appointment today: 218-587-8323. Here are the dates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • September 26, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 21, 2022
  • January 9, 2023
  • March 13, 2023

Pyramid Model

The District’s Pyramid Model initiative for Early Childhood is a model that promotes young children’s healthy social and emotional development.

Our Early Learning program, which includes School Readiness, Kids Together, ECFE, ECSE, and BI-County Cap Head Start, was selected through a grant process to receive professional development and ongoing training to assist them in using key practices that support and teach social and emotional development and behavior skills. 

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