Minnesota Growth Fund Participants – Class 1

Minnesota Growth Fund Participants – Class 1


Carol Matheys Center for Children & Families Inc. has provided quality, affordable experiences for children and their families in the communities of Oakdale and surrounding suburbs for 35 years.  The Center is dedicated to serving the community, helping children develop as individuals and serving all children.  The center offers infant through school-aged care for up to 103 children at two sites.  Read more about this success story.


Contact Stacie Penn, Executive Director
 651-777-6668  651-777-6668 or spenn@cmmcc.org
Learn more at www.cmmcc.org

The Agape I & II 24-hour Child Development Centers provide high quality, 24-hour childcare for infants to school-agers (up to age 12) in two facilities, serving north, near north Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Core services include: a structured, multi-cultural curriculum including violence prevention and youth leadership training, drop-in care, transportation service, school readiness, school advocacy, designated settings for special needs children, and summer camp. Agape families also have unlimited access to Oasis of Love, Inc. Crisis Intervention Center wraparound services such as: crisis intervention, food shelf, Toys for Tots, violence prevention, court advocacy and legal assistance. Read more about this success story.


Dr. Diane L. Thibodeaux, Executive Director
612-287-9775  612-287-9775 or firstladyddt@msn.com

Sandcastle Child Care Center

Sandcastle Child Care Center in the West 7th/Fort Road neighborhood ofSt. Paul is licensed to serve 158 children, six weeks to 12 years of age, primarily from working poor families.  For 25 years, Sandcastle has welcomed each child as an individual and promoted the well-being of both the child and the child’s family as the child grows.

Contact Jennifer Franta, Director
651-293-3954  651-293-3954 or sandcastle@sf-sj.org
Bright Water Montessori School, operating in theCamden neighborhood of northMinneapolis since 2004, provides an authentic Montessori education for up to 54 low- and moderate incomes students, ages 16 months through six years.  Bright Water’s mission celebrates diversity, respect and passion for learning in an environment that nurtures and prepares the whole child for life.

Contact:  Ann Luce, Executive Director

612-302-3410 612-302-3410or info@brightwatermontessori.org
Learn more at brightwatermontessori.org

Early Wonders Preshcool is an accredited, full day, year-round pre-school licensed to serve 27 children (ages 2 years 9 months to five years) in the Whittier neighborhood of central Minneapolis.  Early Wonders supports children and parents in preparing for kindergarten while instilling a love for exploration and learning.

Contact Sheila Walker, Center Director
612-872-2764  612-872-2764 or sheila.walker@ppl-inc.org