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:

Explore our programs and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out at any time!

~Kindly, Melissa Amundson
Early Childhood Education Administrator


QUICK LINKS NEWS and UPDATES:

*Link to the Fergus Falls ISD 544 Otter Preschool Registration 2022/2023 (Posted March 8th, 2022)

*Link to Otter Preschool Program Information Letter 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)

*Link to the Otter Preschool School Supply List 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)

*Link to the Fergus Falls ISD 544 School District Kindergarten Registration 2022/2023 (Posted March 1st, 2022)

*Click on Link to Make an Online Tuition Payment for OTTER PRESCHOOL https://fergusfalls.revtrak.net/ Here are the printed directions for making a tuition payment online. (For currently enrolled children)

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

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

Melissa Amundson M. Ed. , Early Childhood Education Administrator

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 Lincoln School 2300 College Way Fergus Falls, MN.

Registration

Registration for (ECFE) Early Childhood Family Education classes: ALL ECFE Spring 2022 Registration is ongoing .

Registration for 2022/2023 School Readiness Otter Preschool is open and on-going; inquire anytime about availability.

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

click the register tab above!


In Person:

Request and Drop off registration forms at the Lincoln School

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 through email. *No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay - reduced fees are available to families as they qualify.


Lincoln School Early Childhood Open House 2022- 2023:

Thursday, Sept. 1st 2022 5:30-7:00PM

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Lincoln School and meet our Teachers and staff in Fall 2022

ECFE Tours

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 Tours

Tours of the Lincoln School building for Otter Preschool families can be done ANYTIME by calling 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:

Service Food Receipts

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

Other Fundraising events throughout the year have included:

  • Popcorn Sales from Mother Goose and Beans

  • T Shirt Sales

  • Notebook Sales

  • Book Orders

  • Scholastic Book Fairs

  • and More!

  • We are always open to new ideas to support our program if you have new fundraising ideas please let us know!

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

Closings due to inclement weather

District 544’s ECFE & Otter Preschool follow closing procedures for the Fergus Falls school district.

  • -If Fergus Falls school is 2 hours late:

  • Preschool FULL day classes will be 2 hours late and resume after the late start (10:30am- Doors will open at 10:20am)

  • Preschool HALF day morning classes are CANCELED

  • NO Early Gym Drop off

  • ECFE morning classes are CANCELED

  • PM Preschool and PM ECFE classes will run as usual when school is only delayed

  • - If Fergus Falls school is dismissed early:

  • Preschool FULL day classes will dismiss

  • Preschool HALF day afternoon classes are canceled

  • ECFE afternoon and evening classes are canceled

Weather cancellations will be broadcast on KBRF & KJJK on Lakes Radio.

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

Lakes Radio in Clear Channel Radio

Fergus Falls: 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

Check our FACEBOOK page for @isd544earlychildhood for up to date information. 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 click on Quick links and then alerts. *Please note announcements are from the district specifically and will not state Early Childhood separately our Facebook is the best place to see announcements specifically for Early Childhood.

Also, Check our Facebook page for up to date information @isd544earlychildhood

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 Administrator

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