The Minnesota Department of Revenue has information about state programs that help pay for education expenses – the Minnesota K‑12 Education Subtraction and the K-12 Education Credit. "Many families do not know about, or take advantage of, these valuable tax benefits.

These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes and increase their refund, but only if they keep their receipts.

Generally, most expenses paid for educational instruction or materials qualify, including paper, pens and notebooks; textbooks; rental or purchases of educational equipment such as musical instruments; computer hardware and educational software; after-school tutoring and educational summer camps taught by a qualified instructor.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes." (Minnesota Department of Revenue)

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Pine River-Backus Early Childhood

Birth - 5 years old

Register for Fall 2015 Classes

The Pine River-Backus Early Childhood staff would like to invite all families with children birth to 5 years old to register for 2015-2016 classes. Go to our Web page: ecfe.prbschools.org to print registrations (PRB...Community Education...Early Childhood) or stop in the district office and talk to Charity.

Class options include:

ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education)...family classes for birth to 5 years old.

Infant Class

Toddler Class

Kids Together Preschool classes for 3 & 4 year olds (Child must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2015).

School Readiness Preschool classes for 4 & 5 year olds (Child must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2015).


Along with classes, we will also take registrations for EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING which will be held in September 2015.  All children who are 3 ½ by September 1, 2015 can sign up for a state required screening prior to Kindergarten. We will offer two additional screenings throughout the year.  If your child will be turning three this school year, please contact us to make sure we get them on our screening list.

Feel free to call if you have questions...218-587-8003 (Charity).  Thank You!!!


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