Minnesota Growth Fund Participants – Class 2

Northern Voices is the only nonprofit school inMinnesota offering children who are deaf and hard of hearing a true auditory/oral program.  Founded in 1999 by parents who wanted to give their deaf children a chance to talk, the Roseville-based program offers an intense program of auditory/oral language instruction that prepares children to participate fully and independently in a hearing world.  Northern Voices enrolls 24 infants, toddlers and preschool students from the Twin Cities, greaterMinnesota, and as far away asFargo,North Dakota.  Northern Voices is accredited by the North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Kristin Blaiser, Executive Director
651-639-2535 or director@northernvoices.org
Learn more at www.northernvoices.org

For over 25 years, Pillsbury Early Education Center (PEEC) has provided quality education to children ages 16 months to 5 years from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, with a focus on school readiness.  PEEC’s enrollment of 23 children benefit from the High/Scope curriculum, which draws on experiential and creative approaches to learning and incorporates the arts, community field trips, and learning in multiple languages.  Teachers are thoroughly trained, versatile and caring professionals who are committed to the mission of the center.

Colleen Gjerdahl, Director of Early Education Programs
612-824-0708 or gjerdahlc@puc-mn.org
Learn more at www.puc-mn.org

Established in 1985, Central Care for Children always puts the needs of children first in designing and providing programs.  Central Care’s goal is to support the whole family by offering child care and child development in a safe, nurturing and creative environment for children from infancy through five years of age.  Central Care is proud of its record in teaching and caring for children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.  The program’s caring and experienced teachers help set the stage for a smooth transition for the 47 children enrolled in the program from child care to kindergarten and beyond.

Bridget Ryan-Ross and Brooke Ross, Co-Directors
612-872-6788 or brookr@centralcareforchildren.org or bridgetrr@centralcareforchildren.org
Learn more at www.centralcareforchildren.org

The Abbott Northwestern Children’s Center of the YWCA of Minneapolis, the newest location in the city, just opened its doors in December 2006.  In addition to providing care for up to 99 children from infancy through school age at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the center also houses the Child Care Business Development Program.  This unique child care incubator program nurture’s culturally specific child care businesses organized by new Americans and other underserved groups.  The Child Care Business Development Program extends the YWCA’s mission of both empowering women and eliminating racism.  It creates quality early childhood education opportunities for children in new American families and trains women to become entrepreneurs who will eventually operate their own culturally appropriate family child care.

Jim Nicholie, Program Manager for the Abbott Northwestern Children’s Center
612-863-0971 or jnicholie@ywcampls.org
Learn more at http://www.ywcampls.org/childcare/business-dev-program.asp