Community Education

Frequently Asked Questions

PAIIR stands for Parents Are Important In Rochester.  PAIIR is Rochester Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. ECFE offers high-quality parent and early education programming.  PAIIR provides:
•  Parenting information and resources to help strengthen your parenting skills.
•  Purposeful, age appropriate, researched-based instruction covering all areas of your child’s development.
•  Fun learning activities for both you and your child.

What is PReP?
PAIIR Readiness Preschool (PReP) offers quality preschool curricula and includes a parent education day.  Parents attend class with their child for parent and child activity and then separate for a parent discussion group led by a licensed parent educator.
•  High Quality Early Childhood Education
•  Research Based, Age Appropriate Curricula and Assessments
•  Weekly Parent Education Day
•  Ongoing Parent/Teacher Communication
•  Staff with MN Licensures and ongoing professional development
•  Quality Learning Environment
•  4 star Parent Aware rated

Who teaches PAIIR and Preschool classes?
PAIIR and Preschool classes are taught by MN State licensed parent educators and early childhood teachers who work directly with parents and their young children.

Who can take a PAIIR class?
PAIIR is intended for ALL parents, relatives or individuals who function in a primary parenting role and their children, age birth to kindergarten enrollment, who live in the Rochester School District. 

What if I do not live in the Rochester School District?
Rochester School District families are registered first. If you do not live in the district, you are welcome to register beginning one week after First Draw.  All out of district registration will pay a $5 out of district fee per class per child.  Out of district fees are not eligible to be waived. 

What is First Draw?
First Draw is a lottery used with PAIIR/ECFE registration.  At First Draw, A lottery is used to determine placement into classes that are over-enrolledAn email confirmation will be sent out to confirm placement.  If space is available after First Draw, registration is first come, first served.  Payment is due upon registration. 

Does my child have to be the age indicated in the class description?
Yes.  PAIIR classes are designed for specific age groups, so your child must be the appropriate age on or before the 1st class meeting, on September 1st for children enrolling in preschool.  We will accept children outside the age range for a class only if there is room in the class and the child’s birthday falls within one month of the start date of the class.  The registrant will be put on a waiting list and must wait until one week before class begins for a confirmation of enrollment. 

Can PAIIR accommodate my child’s allergies/special needs?
Yes.  PAIIR welcomes all families. It is important to report any and all allergies, special needs, health/developmental concerns, or any outside support services your child is receiving after your registration is confirmed.  A School Health Information Form is required before class begins for all children in preschool, and for any child in a PAIIR class who has a health need, allergy, EPI-pen or asthma plan.  A nurse will follow up with those who have any health concerns to discuss further action. 

What does Parent/Guardian participation consist of?
A parent/guardian may attend a PAIIR class without their child, but every child must be accompanied by their parent/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.

Preschool classes that include a parent day, will be allowed one excused absence per fall and winter session when the parent is not able to attend the parent day.  This must to be pre-approved with the office prior to the absence.  On that day children will be allowed to attend class without a parent.

Is there Sibling Care for my other children?
Yes.  Sibling care is child care for children ages nine month to kindergarten enrollment while their parent is in class with their other child/ren.  Children under nine months may attend class with their parent as a lap baby.  Lap babies can be registered for sibling care when they becomes eligible at any point during the class session.  The sibling care fee is for the entire session, regardless of start date.  Preschool and Encore families need to register and pay for sibling care for the year to guarantee a spot at any time during the year.  If a spot is not reserved, we cannot guarantee care when your baby is eligible.  If no care is available, you will be responsible to find alternative care.

Sibling care is designed to provide an environment that is safe, nurturing and fun and often is a mixed age group of children, from nine months to older preschoolers.  Every effort is made to provide activities that are developmentally appropriate, however, the  safety of all the children is always our first priority in mixed-age classrooms. 

Child must be registered in order to attend.  If separation is a problem, the parent MUST stay with the child in sibling care for the remainder of the class, and try again the following class.

Do I have to turn in Immunizations?
Yes.  The Rochester Public School District requires all children to be compliant.  All children attending PAIIR classes and sibling care need to have a current immunization record on file each year.  Immunizations can be turned in one of the following ways:
1. send them to Northrop (201 8th st. NW, 55901)
2. have your health care provider fax them (507-328-4015)
3. bring a copy to the first class meeting

If you choose not to immunize your child, you must complete a Conscious Objection Form and have it notarized.  This form can be turned in the above three ways.

Do you have Transportation?
Yes.  Transportation is available for one PAIIR class per week for families in need, at no cost. Call the PAIIR office at 507-328-4020 for assistance.  When using transportation you are responsible for providing car seats or booster seats for your children.

What is your Refund Policy?
If PAIIR cancels a class or sibling care due to low enrollment, you will be notified immediately and your fee will be refunded (PAIIR reserves the right to cancel any classes/sibling care that do not meet minimum enrollment).  

If you drop a class with a session of FOUR WEEKS OR LESS, you must do so 24 hours before the 1st class meeting to receive a refund, minus a $5 processing fee. *Refunds will not be processed for classes that meet only one session.

If you drop a class with a session of FIVE OR MORE WEEKS, you must do so within 48 hours after the 1st class meeting to receive a refund, minus a $5 processing fee.

PAIIR does not charge a registration fee for preschool; however, a non-refundable deposit is required with your child’s registration.  The deposit will be applied toward your May tuition payment.

Does PAIIR cancel classes due to bad weather?
Yes. 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 school dismisses early, all PAIIR classes are cancelled for the rest of the day and evening.

Please call the Community Education Weather cancellation recording at 507-328-4010 or sign up for the Rochester Public School Skylert message system at to be notified when school is closed.

PAIIR is unable to schedule make up or refund fees for class times canceled due to inclement weather. 

What if we are going to be absent from class?
Notify the PAIIR office when you or your child will miss a preschool class, a PAIIR class or sibling care at 507-328-4020.  After hours voicemail is available, or email the PAIIR office at

Is my child too sick to come to class?
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.

For more information about our PAIIR classes please see our Parent Handbook. 






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