Early Childhood Family Education (PAIIR)
Early Childhood Family Education also known as PAIIR is a public school program for families with children ages birth to kindergarten enrollment. Both parents and children participate in PAIIR. The program recognizes that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher and offers high-quality parent and early education. The mission of PAIIR is to strengthen families with young children through education and support.
- PACT (Parent and Child Time): Class includes a parent and child interaction time, circle time with books, songs and activities all designed to enhance a child’s learning. Parents also get great ideas to take home to enjoy with the whole family.
- Parent Time: Parents participate in a discussion led by a licensed parent educator. The parent discussion focuses on research-based topics related to both child and parent learning, and also allows time to connect with other parents of young children.
- Children’s Time: While the parents are in the discussion, children are learning through play, activities, songs and literature designed to enhance development, creativity and imagination. A licensed early childhood teacher facilitates the children’s classroom experience.
- Who teaches PAIIR classes?
- Who can take PAIIR classes?
- Does my child have to be the age indicated in the class description?
- What if I do not live in the Rochester School District?
- What does Parent or Guardian participation consist of?
- Do I have to turn in Immunizations for my child?
- Can ECFE/PAIIR help me with transportation?
- What is the refund policy?
- What is First Draw?
- Does ECFE/PAIIR cancel classes due to bad weather?
- What if we are going to be absent from class?
- Is my child too sick to come to class?
A parent or guardian may attend a PAIIR class without their child, but every child must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. A relative or foster parent who provides regular care for the child may attend if a parent is unavailable. The relative must be registered and participate fully in all parts of the class. Other exceptions are on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by the PAIIR office. (507)-328-4020.
If PAIIR cancels a class or sibling care, you will be notified immediately and your fee will be refunded. PAIIR reserves the right to cancel any classes or sibling care that do not meet minimum enrollment. If you drop a class of FOUR WEEKS OR LESS, you must do so 24 hours before the first class meeting to receive a refund, minus a $5 processing fee. *Refunds will not be processed on classes that meet only one session. If you drop a class of FIVE OR MORE WEEKS, you must do so within 24 hours after the first class meeting to receive a refund, minus a $5 processing fee.
First Draw is a lottery used with PAIIR/ ECFE registration. All registrations received before First Draw are treated the same. At First Draw, we use the lottery to determine who gets into classes that are over-enrolled. Email confirmations will be sent out after draw. After First Draw is complete, registration is first come, first served. Payment is due with registration.
If the Rochester Public Schools are cancelled for the day, all PAIIR classes are cancelled. If school begins late, morning PAIIR classes are cancelled, but afternoon and evening PAIIR classes will be held.
If schools dismiss early, all PAIIR classes are cancelled for the rest of the day and evening. PAIIR cannot make up class days closed due to weather.
If school is not canceled, but the weather is hazardous, evening classes may be canceled by 3 PM. Please call CE Weatherline for more information at (507) 328-4010.
You can also sign up for RPS Skylert message system to be notified regarding weather related announcements.
If your child has had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours, keep them home to rest/recover: a fever (of over 100); vomiting or diarrhea; a severe cold with fever, sneezing and nose drainage; an unidentified rash; conjunctivitis/pink eye; or other signs of illness.
If your child has seen a doctor and is on medication, they should not return to class until they have taken their medication for at least 24 hours and are feeling up to participating. Please call PAIIR to let us know if other children in the class may have been exposed to a contagious condition.