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!
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
Tomoko is a Minnesota licensed Early Childhood Educator. She has been teaching at the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) at the St. Cloud Area District. Tomoko holds a Master's degree in Parent Education. She completed the RIE Foundation course in 2018. Tomoko was born and raised in Japan. She is the mother of two children and a German Shepard mix.
She is an enthusiastic life-long learner who is currently completing her last semester of her Masters of Arts in Holistic Health through St. Catherine University. She has focused much of her course of study on racial and healing justice, and PLAY! In her free time, she loves doing anything active, and traveling, when she can.
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.
upcoming national RIE® events
Here are some events of interest sponsored by the larger RIE® community. Visit www.rie.org for a more extensive list!