Founded in May 2014, we are a growing community of parents, educators, students, and administrators who gather monthly to inspire, support and engage in topics relating to early childhood education and parenting.



Our Mission:  "We are an open forum for collaborative inquiry, dialogue, and advocacy influenced by

Magda Gerber's Educaring® Approach in Minnesota."


Come as you are, whenever you can. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

upcoming events:
Let's Talk About Race: Where Do We Go From Here?
Online via Google Meet
RIE® 31st Annual Infant-Toddler Conference for Parents and Professionals
Respectful Parenting: Let's Talk About It! Library Series
Highland Park Library
Pop Up Cardboard Play Experience!
Highland Park Library
"How Can We Support A Healthy Body Image In Our Kids?"
Location is TBD
words from friends

I’m continually enriched and inspired by FORM’s outreach and educational activities, and by the community you have created.  I feel so lucky to have made many “virtual” friends through FORM this year, thanks to the ambassadorship and networking flair of the wonderful Carolyn Paetzel. To me, FORM represents a warm embrace that celebrates the thread that connects us.


Jennifer Curtis, RIE® Intern


Upcoming and Previous



upcoming national RIE® events


Travel to California!

RIE® 31st Annual Infant-Toddler Conference for Parents and Professionals

postponed due to covid-19

Here are some events of interest sponsored by the larger RIE® community. Visit www.rie.org for a more extensive list!

Polly Elam, RIE® Associate

and Infant Specialist. She studied and worked with Magda Gerber for 20 years. Polly first studied at the Emmi Pikler Institute in 1986 and continues advanced training there. As an ECE Consultant, she has worked with a variety of infant/toddler programs and has conducted seminars and workshops in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.