Fergus Falls ISD 544

Early Childhood Education Programs

QUICK LINKS:

**LINCOLN SCHOOL GRAND OPENING EVENT May 6th SIGN UP CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE**

Here is the link to the Otter Preschool Registration 2021/2022 (March 2021)

Here is the link to the Fergus Falls ISD 544 School District Kindergarten Registration

Here is the link to the ECFE Brochure and Registration for Winter/SPRING 2021 (Jan. 2021)

Information on the Lincoln School update can be found here. (March 7th 2021)

Information letter on what 'Hybrid' will look like in Otter Preschoool and ECFE can be found here. **Just for reference if needed (Nov 2020)

Information on the Fall 2020/2021 Reopening of Otter Preschool and ECFE and Health/Safety Protocol can be found here. (Aug. 2020)

Information from the Fergus Falls ISD 544 Health Office -COVID-19 screening and protocol can be found here. (Aug. 2020)

Welcome to Fergus Falls ISD 544 Early Childhood Education -

where your child's education journey begins!

District 544 has provided early childhood programming since 1986. Our programs serve children and families birth through the start of Kindergarten. Programming allows for matching a wide variety of services with the needs of participating children. The service agencies collaborate to meet the health, education and social needs of children in order to enhance their learning, development and future success in school.

Our programs include:

For program and registration information, feel free to stop by or call our office:

Melissa Amundson M. Ed. , Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Molly Danielson, Secretary

Physical Location:

NEW Lincoln School

2300 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Mailing address:

601 Randolph Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Fax: 218-414-2682

Phone: 218-998-0544 Ext. 8900

General Information

Early Childhood Education- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness Otter Preschool serve parents and children ages newborn to not yet in Kindergarten. Our classes are open to all families; no one will be turned away due to the inability to pay - reduced fees are available to families as they qualify. We do, however, need to limit enrollment in classes due to space limitations, so register early! If a class becomes full, your name will be put on a waiting list. All programming is held at the Heritage Early Childhood Education Building at 1519 Pebble Lake Rd., Fergus Falls. *We will move to the NEW Lincoln School (Former Target building) Upon it's completion. More information will be shared with families as it get's closer.

Registration

Registration for (ECFE) Early Childhood Family Education classes: ALL Winter Registration Begins Jan. 20th, 2021 at 7am ONLINE

Registration for 2020/2021 School Readiness Otter Preschool is on-going; inquire anytime about availability.

School Readiness Otter Preschool 2021/2022 will begin in March 2021.

**NEW** Preferred method- On-line registration at our website:

click the register tab above!


In Person:

Request and Drop off registration forms at the Early Childhood Center

Lincoln School 2300 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN during regular business hours.


Phone:

Call in to the Early Childhood Center at

218-998-0544 ext.8900


Mail:

Request a paper form and Mail in registration forms

601 Randolph Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537 (*will need confirmation that it was received)


Payment information

Payments for enrollments can either be made by check, cash, or on-line by going to the Fergus Falls school website: www.fergusotters.org and clicking on the ‘school store’ under the quick links tab and logging into your account that was used to register with. ECFE payment is due upon registration and School Readiness Otter Preschool is billed monthly. *No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay - reduced fees are available to families as they qualify.


Open House 2020- 2021: Updated

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Lincoln School

ECFE Open House

We will not be holding a large open house. Instead tours of the Lincoln School building for ECFE families can be done ANYTIME by calling for an appointment at 218-998-0544 ext. 8900

Otter Preschool Open House

We will not be holding a large open house. However, a tour and meet your teacher will be incorporated into our Otter Preschool Pre-conferences which will take place on September 8th, 9th, and 10th 2020. Enrolled children/families will be contacted by their teacher closer to this date to set up a short one-on-one meeting to include learning about your child, filling out any needed paperwork, and a building tour.

Families not enrolled that would like a tour can call ANYTIME for an appointment at 218-998-0544 ext. 8900

Fundraising

You can help the Fergus Falls ECFE, Otter Preschool, and the United Way Child Care Visitor programs earn money for instructional and educational supplies, toys, paints and paper by saving the following:

Box Tops for Education

Please save the entire label including the date. ($.10) www.boxtopsforeducation.com

Service Food Receipts

We receive 1% of the total of the receipts we turn in

Children's Health

Fever, upset stomach, unusual rash, cough with fever? Please keep children at home if they are showing signs of illness. Children who have a fever should not attend classes. If your child develops a communicable disease, please call the Early Childhood Center at 218-998-0544 ext. 8900. We will notify other parents to watch for symptoms.

School Health office information can be found here.

Please Note: Minnesota law requires that all children have up-to-date immunizations at the time they enter Early Childhood classes including ECFE and Otter Preschool. No student will be turned away; a notarized statement must be submitted in order for the student to receive an exemption if contrary to beliefs.


Closing Policy

Closing Policy - due to inclement weather

District 544’s ECFE & Otter Preschool follow closing procedures for the district. If school is 1 or 2 hours late, there are no morning Preschool or ECFE classes. If school is dismissed early, afternoon and evening Preschool and ECFE classes are cancelled. Weather cancellations for late afternoon and evening will be broadcast on KBRF & KJJK on Lakes Radio.


You may also call 218-998-0544 to find out weather related announcements for district classes and activities; or to subscribe to district alerts, go to the website: www.fergusotters.org/alerts

Weather related announcements are broadcast on the following Radio and TV stations:

Lakes Radio in Clear Channel Radio

Fergus Falls: from Fargo:

Family – AM 1020 KBAF- FM 93

KJJK-FM 96.5 KFGO-AM 790

KBRF-AM 1250 KKBX- FM 101.9

KZCR-FM 103.3 KRVI-FM 95.1

Lakes-Fm 99.5 KVOX-AM 1280

WDAY-FM Y-94

Fargo TV Stations: KXJB 4, WDAY 6, KVLY 11

THANK YOU!!

A BIG THANK YOU FOR THESE PROGRAM SUPPORTERS!

For more information

For program and registration information, feel free to stop by or call our office:

Melissa Amundson, Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Molly Danielson, Secretary

Physical location: 2300 College Way Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Mail: 601 Randolph Ave Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Fax: 218-414-2682

Phone: 218-998-0544 Ext. 8900