Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

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. We look forward to seeing you in one or more of our many ECFE class options.


  1. PACT (Parent and Child Time): Class includes 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Contact Us

Northrop Education Center
201 8th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 328-4020 | Email

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