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:

  • Creating Racially and Culturally Inclusive Environments for Young Children
    Creating Racially and Culturally Inclusive Environments for Young Children
    Zoom webinar
    May 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Zoom webinar
    We live in a diverse world. Let's have a dialogue about why and how to create an environment for young children (0-5 years old) that embraces these racial and cultural identities.
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


Meet our facilitators


upcoming national RIE® events


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

October 23 & 24

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

Carolyn Paetzel, RIE Associate

She is a licensed educator, and parent, with 25+ years of experience working with parents, infants, and students to help deepen their understanding of each infant's unique and innate abilities. Carolyn has presented at numerous workshops, including the RIE® Infant/Toddler conference and the MNAEYC State Conference. Carolyn has served as a consultant for local child development programs. Carolyn is the coordinator for FORM.