For Parents and Children


Welcome to the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program.  Parents have a great influence on their children as the first and most significant teachers in their lives.

Because the role of parenting is so important, this program is designed to include children with their parents where they will reassure parenting skills, encourage children in caring ways and will bring parents and children together for a variety of shared experiences.



Join ECFE for support, information and enjoyable activities with your children.

Any family with children between birth and kindergarten is welcome to attend.  There will be a $15.00 fee per family/year for classes.  No family will be denied participation due to inability to pay.

Please pre-register 1 week before class starts

Please use southeast door.  Class meets in room 101



Cabin Fever Nights

2-5 year olds January 10, 17, & 24, Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (note time)

Fertile-Beltrami Lunchroom

Break up the winter and enjoy this family time together experiencing large motor activities, such as parachute play, scooters, volleyball, dance, playful learning activities and art.  The evening will end with circle time, story and snack.



Exploring the World of Shapes

Mixed Age Class (ages 2 to 5) January 31- February 7, 14, & 21, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00

Explore the world of shapes through books, activities, art and music.  Bring an item to represent the shape theme of the class:  January 31 – circle, February 7– square, February 14- heart, and February 21 - triangle.  Parents will also explore topics of interest.



Family Fun with Little Ones

Mixed Age Class (birth to age 2) April 4-April 18, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Connect with other new parents and families and share joys and developmental changes of your child. Explore activities with your child and stimulate brain development.  








Pre-registration one week ahead is recommended

Some have a fee to be paid at the event

Pre-register by calling the school at 945-6953 or mail ECFE, Fertile-Beltrami School, 210 S Mill Street, Fertile, MN 56540


Bingo for Books Plus

Tuesday, March 14, 5:30- 7:00 ECI Spaghetti Supper Fund Raiser

    7:00-8:00  Bingo Preschool Room

Play bingo games about colors, shapes, numbers or pictures with your preschool child.  Every child will receive a book.


Daddy and Me Carpenter Night

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Fertile-Beltrami School Lunchroom

$5.00 fee

Preschool children and their dads, grandparents or special male pal are invited to make a wooden item.  Please bring a hammer.  Be sure to pre-register one week before so there are enough supplies.


Preschool Screening – March 10

State guidelines make preschool screening mandatory before entrance to preschool and kindergarten.  It is an opportunity for parents and care givers to review their child’s growth and development and follow up any concerns. The spring screening date is March 10 and families will be notified. If you are new to the district, please call the school at 945-6953



Parents with children 0-5 years of age…You are never too young…or too new…to be on our school census.  Call the school at 945-6953 to enroll your child on the census.


Pre-registration Form

Mail to:  ECFE, Fertile-Beltrami School, 210 Mill St. S, Fertile MN  56540 or call

945-6953 or email cosmondson@isd599.org 


Parent’s Name:_______________________________Home Phone ______________     


Address_____________________________________Work Phone_______________


Child’s Name                 Birth Date                                  Session              Day & Time

­_________________  _____________                    _________________  ___________

_________________  _____________                    _________________  ___________

$15.00 class fee enclosed___            Fee for 2016-17  previously paid _____    Unable to pay at this time___



·      Spend time with your child reading, talking, telling stories and singing songs.

·      Keep books on the child’s level so they can easily reach for them.

·      Let your child see you reading books, newspapers and magazines.

·      When reading a book, have your child point to objects, ask questions and talk about the book.

·      Find a comfortable place to read and sit close to your children.

·      Read every day to your child.

The Goals of Early Childhood Family Education

·      To support parents in their child raising efforts.

·      To offer information about child development and alternative parenting techniques.

·      To help parents and their children communicate better.

·      To give children opportunities to discover and learn.

·      To promote positive parental attitudes.

·      To provide information on community resources avaible to parents and children.