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Pillager Ed Foundation

Services Available for all children birth through Kindergarten

School Readiness (Questions 746-3075)

This program is available to children the year before they enter Kindergarten. (Children must be four years of age by September 1st). School Readiness activities include: learning activities in the classroom, outside play and games, field trips and opportunities to be in Kindergarten classrooms and meet the Kindergarten teachers.

Early Children Family Education (ECFE) (Questions 746-3075)

ECFE is a program where parents and children, ages birth to 5, come to "school" together each week. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth.


Pillager Head Start (Questions 746-2190)


This is a free program for families with children ages three to five.  (Children must be three by September 1st.)  Head Start focuses on child development, education, health, nutrition, parent involvement and family services.  Many fun learning activities and opportunities are offered to the children as well as the family.

 Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) (Questions 746-3075)

The program is designed to meet the needs of children ages birth to seven who qualify for special education services. Children who exhibit developmental delays in the areas of motor, cognition, auditory, vision, social-emotional or speech/language may qualify for services. Children receive services in their home, daycare, preschool, or Kindergarten.


Pillager Family Center Preschool (Questions 746-3075)

The Pillager Family Center Preschool is a non-profit Preschool licensed by the State of Minnesota for children ages 3-4 held two days a week from 9:00-11:30 a.m. during the school year. This program is for those children not ready to enter kindergarten the following September.  This is a fee based program.


Pillager Little Huskies Child Care Center (Questions 746-3075)


This child care center is available for children ages 16 months up to kindergarten.  The child care center can be used before and after programming if needed and if there is room available.  The child care center is licensed under Rule 3 by the state of Minnesota and is licensed for seven (7) toddlers and twenty (20) preschool children.  The child care center is operated by the Pillager Family Center, a non-profit community organization and is a fee based program.

Early Childhood News


Betty Doss, Building Coordinator
(218) 746-4009

Bev Maybon, Early Childhood Sp.Ed.
I am originally from Staples, went to college in St. Cloud and have lived in Baxter for 16 years.
My husband, Terry, works for Pepsi and we have been married for 21 years. We have 3 children: LeeAnn (19) is a sophomore at Bemidji State University, Jackie (16) is a junior at Brainerd High School and Matthew (11) is in the 6th grade Forestview Midle School in Brainerd.
I like spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy watching sports and attending my children's activities. I am looking forward to a great first year at Pillager.

Sherry Anderson, Early Childhood Sp.Ed.

Beth Gustason, School Readiness

Britta Swenson, Head Start

Carla LaPorte, receptionist

Kimberly Kleckner, Receptionist