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Crisis Nursery is a family support program for anyone living in Olmsted County experiencing a crisis, regardless of income. Crisis Nursery helps families in need by providing safe, temporary care with a licensed child care or overnight care provider. Additional services include crisis counseling and support, parent education, in-home family counseling, referral to community resources and monthly parent education group called PARRK (Parents and Relatives Raising Kids).
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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund is focusing these funds on building capacity in the southern district. These funds are for family child care and child care centers in the process of becoming licensed, or providers who are expanding their business to increase enrollment.
Family child care providers can apply for up to $1,000. Child Care Centers can apply for up to $2000. All grants will go through an approval process. Those interested must have had their first visit with their licensor to apply.
Email Dawn Eckhoff, Grant Administrator at Families First of Minnesota, if you are interested in this opportunity: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Families First of Minnesota recently received a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust to address the growing shortage of family child care in Olmsted County. There is a need in our communities to encourage retention of licensed family child care providers and to support new family child care programs.
Through the Child Care Consultation Project, individuals who are in the process of becoming licensed, newly licensed, or expanding their family child care business will be connected with a Child Care Consultant who will offer technical support, connections to local resources, one-on-one coaching and incentive dollars to help programs be successful.
For more information, or to join the Child Care Consultation Project, contact Shannon at 507.287.2020, ext. 1501 or by email email@example.com
Families First is taking applications for the 2018-2019 program year for Early Head Start, Head Start and School Readiness.
Click here for a brochure with more details on each program.
We accept applications year-round, but encourage families to return their completed application along with proof of family income as soon as they can. This is important because funding and program spaces are limited.
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Contact Amber English, Parent Aware Recruiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 287-2020 ext. 1404.
Crisis Nursery's PARRK group (Parents And Relatives Raising Kids) is a no-cost education group for anyone raising children in Olmsted County. The education group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:45 to 8:15 pm. Topics include communication with children, First Aid, Drug Awareness, Stress Management, and more. April's topic is Conscious Discipline and May is the annual picnic. No-cost child care and limited transportation are available. To register or learn more, please contact Nikki at 507-424-1547 or at email@example.com.
Crisis Nursery is a family support program that provides temporary short-term child care for children in Olmsted County, at no cost to families, while parents address a crisis. Parenting can be a challenging job at times, especially when unexpected events occur. A crisis can happen to anyone, regardless of income, race, or education level. United Way, a primary funder of Crisis Nursery, cut funding to its partners by 10% in 2017. Please consider making a donation to Crisis Nursery to help us continue our mission of keeping children safe.
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Families First administers Early Learning Scholarships in our 20-county area in Regions 9 and 10 in southeastern Minnesota, along with Dakota, Scott and Carver counties in the Metro West Region, and Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Isanti, Pine and Chisago counties in Region 7E.
Early Learning Scholarships are available for qualifying 3- and 4-year-old children of income-eligible families. Please call 888-450-2773 for further details!
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