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!

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.