& Family Education
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.
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.
Friends & Fun
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.
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.
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.
2021-2022 Winter Classes
9:30-10:30am (Beginning January 3rd) – Open Gym (Infant-3 years old )
Come enjoy the ECFE gym together with your child. We will have circle time as well as music and free play.
10:30-11:30 Toddler Class ( 2-3 years old)
Join us as you and your toddler discover safe and age appropriate activities in a classroom setting; including art, music and sensory play. This is a non- separating class.
4:00-5:30pm Monday Evening Family ECFE Class (2-5 years old)
Come explore the classroom in this child/caregiver separating class. You will have the opportunity to engage in creative learning activities with your child before separating for a short time to discuss a variety of parenting topics and strategies to better understand and appreciate raising children.
5:00-6:30 Open Gym Night- Monthly (Ages 0-8)
Spend time together burning off energy! Come play together in the elementary gym once a month with the family. Registration is not required to attend. See schedule below.