Parents who take an active role in their child’s education have children who do better in school and life! If you have a young child under the age of 5, please join us for ECFE! Early Childhood Family Education Classes are fun for both children and parents! Hope to see you there!

Early Childhood Family Education – ECFE is a program for children and their parents to participate in together.  Classes are held weekly. Each class has time for parents and children to do activities together and then a time when they separate. During the separation time, children are with a teacher and assistants and are able to participate in activities with peers while parents meet with each other and a parent educator to discuss topics important to parents. ECFE is open to all children birth to Kindergarten entrance. There is a fee to participate based on a sliding fee scale.

Help us build our Early Childhood Mailing List! Do you have a child under the age of 5? If so, we would like to add you to our early childhood mailing list.  Please call DaNeil Sirjord at 218-749-8130 or email We need: Parent and child’s names, child’s birthday, address, phone number, and if you have an email, we would like that too!

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration! Your child must be 5 on or before September 1, 2017 and have completed Early Childhood Screening. Remember Kindergarten is all day, every day, and there are no fees to attend! Please contact your local school building for more information.

Early Childhood Family Education Teaching Staff

Cherry School 
Deb Spencer
Lori Udovich

Northeast Range
Jane Bradford       

Val Beale  


North Woods School 
Bernie Kantola 
Lori Udovich  

South Ridge School 
Tanya Belden 
Sara Brown      


Tower-Soudan School 
Mary Larson
Val Beale  

For more information, please contact your local school or contact DaNeil Sirjord or call 749-3108, x 1116.


To enroll in early childhood programs in Minnesota, children must have up to date immunizations or file a legal exemption.  Parents may file a medical exemption signed by a health care provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian and notarized.  Our school district follows Minnesota law with regards to immunizations and your child will not be able to attend any early childhood programming if immunizations are not up to date.
Required immunizations now include Hepatitis A vaccine which was previously recommended but not required.  Your school nurse or medical care provider can verify your child’s immunization status.  Once you register your child for programming, your ECFE/School Readiness teacher will notify you if additional immunizations are required before your child can attend.  No child with overdue immunizations will be allowed to attend.
If you need assistance obtaining immunizations please contact the St. Louis County Health Department at 1-800-450-9777 for information about low cost or no cost immunizations.