Child Care Solutions
Child Care Shortage in Central Minnesota
COVID-19 Pandemic Changes Our Course—and Our Actions
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our social and economic landscapes. However, the importance of strong child care solutions remains evident: In early April 2020, in response to the onset of the pandemic, the Initiative Foundation was able to award $150,500 to 110 providers serving children of essential workers. We received nearly 800 applications requesting nearly $2 million in support in the days after the opportunity was announced. The need expressed for these services continues to represent a bottleneck to our recovery even as we search for our new normal.
As communities begin to plan their recovery, child care providers will continue to be an essential sector necessary to help workers return to their jobs.
2020 Child Care Solutions Communities
In April 2020, the communities of Brainerd/Baxter (Crow Wing County) and Waverly (Wright County) were selected to be the next program partners. Direct community engagement will be delayed until considered safe by public health officials. However, both communities are working with First Children's Finance to address what steps can be taken remotely so that they can hit the ground running when shelter-in-place restrictions are safely lifted.
Future of Child Care Solutions Program
IQ Magazine Resources
Inside Out Connections Guide: How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children
Early Childhood Dental
Preschool Tooth Tips: Tips for preschool oral care
Pregnancy/Infancy Tooth Tips: oral care tips for pregnant women and infants
Expanded learning activities for “Throw Your Tooth on the Roof” book: Literacy, music and hands on activities to enhance the child’s learning experience while reading, "Throw your tooth on the roof book," by Selby Beeler.
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Expanded learning activities for "The Tooth Book": Literacy, music and hands on activities to enhance the child’s learning experience while reading "The Tooth Book" by Doctor Seuss. Somali Spanish Hmong
Somali Spanish Hmong
Fun activities for the "Brush Your Teeth Please" book: Fun learning activities to aid your child in learning the concepts shared in this book.
Somali Spanish Hmong
Child Care Aware
Dental Health Theme Free Preschool Curriculum
Video: Healthy Teeth for Children- English
Video: Healthy Teeth for Children- Spanish
Video: Healthy Teeth for Children- Somali
Minnesota Oral Health Coalition
America’s Tooth Fairy
Oral Health America
Sip all Day, Get Decay
Children’s Dental Health Project
Colgate: Infants and Children’s Resources
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Early Childhood Initiative
The Initiative Foundation believes that nurturing young children is the responsibility of parents and communities.
The Initiative Foundation advances this belief by providing support for community-based coalitions to develop a vision and a strategic plan that focuses on quality early childcare and education.
The Initiative Foundation in partnership with the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative strives to ...
- Educate citizens about the first five years of rapid brain development that forms lifetime personalities, social skills and learning capacity.
- Promote parents and families as the primary and most important caregivers of young children and fosters the concept that nurturing and educating children should be embraced by entire communities.
- Help community coalitions create a shared vision and plan of action around the care and education of young children and their families.
- Provide training, financial and technical assistance and resource/referral services to implement quality community-based opportunities for young children.
- Connect with other early childhood-focused communities statewide.
- Promote and advance local, state and national public policy to support quality care and education for our youngest citizens.
- Create and promote "one voice" around the issue of early care and to speak for those who cannot.
To date, the initiative has developed 90 early childhood coalitions in 300 communities across Greater Minnesota. The Initiative Foundation supports 20 coalitions in Central Minnesota. Visit the grants page to learn how the Initiative Foundation could help you in your efforts to support healthy children, healthy families.
Promoting healthy social, emotional development
Statewide surveys reveal that an alarming number of Greater Minnesota children struggle with mental health issues and a striking lack of access to professional help.
These surveys paired with national studies prompted the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to launch the Minnesota Thrive Initiative in 2007. The Minnesota Thrive Initiative goal is to build powerful community action teams that work to increase awareness, early intervention and prevention efforts among families, childcare providers and healthcare professionals.
In Central Minnesota, the Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive Coalition is working to ensure that all families have access to the information and resources they need. For more information, visit the Thrive website.
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