Minnesota Growth Fund Participants – Class 3

3R’s Child Development Center – Brooklyn Park, MN
Staff members at 3R’s Child Development Center are always available to answer parents’ questions about their children’s development.  To meet their community’s increasing demand for child care services, 3R’s recently moved to a brand new building with more outdoor space.  3R’s designed the new state-of-the-art center and located it near two major employers in Brooklyn Park.  The center has also increased programming to help parents with their child development concerns.

Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow – Minneapolis, MN
Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow serves families living in the Little Earth community in Minneapolis.  Care begins when the mother is pregnant and continues until the child is five years old. Experienced staff works with families to improve their parenting skills and quality of life.  Baby’s Space is a child-centered program that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  It is also a Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Site.

Four Directions Family Center – Minneapolis, MN
Four Directions serves Native American children living in and around the Little Earth community in Minneapolis.  Many of the children at the center are in its Ojibwe language immersion program, designed to revitalize the Ojibwe language.  Four Directions enriches its curriculum with music, and children benefit from speech, occupational, physical and/or play therapies.  Four Directions is accredited by NAEYC and is also a Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Site.

Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center – Minneapolis, MN
Mary T. Wellcome, established by Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in 1929, is one of Minnesota’s oldest continuously operating child care centers.  In 2005, it was one of five early child development centers selected by the Minneapolis Public Schools in partnership with the University of Minnesota for the Early Reading First (ERF) Program.  Located in north Minneapolis, the center received its accreditation from NAEYC in 2009.

MetroKids – Minneapolis, MN
MetroKids is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, across the street from a major medical center. The children who attend come from families that are culturally and economically diverse. MetroKids was founded by and is located in First Covenant Church.

Midway Family YMCA – Saint Paul
Children at the Midway Family YMCA child care center benefit from the advantages of being located in adjacent to a YMCA.  Infants through school-agers exercise, move, swim, dance, read and laugh through their day in the Midway Y. Children love the center and its staff so much that many return after they have outgrown it to volunteer and work.  To ensure that its children are ready for kindergarten, the Midway Family Y has participated in the Saint Paul Public Schools Project Early Kindergarten.

Praise the Children – Jordan, MN
Serving children from toddlers to school-age with a Christian emphasis, Praise the Children is Jordan’s only full time child care center.  The organization is both a full time child care center and a preschool program.  In addition, staff is trained to identify children with a variety of disabilities and can direct parents to additional assessments and resources.

Siembra Preschool – Minneapolis, MN
Siembra Preschool is a bi-lingual program in the Phillips Community in Minneapolis. It celebrates Latino culture and prepares 35 preschoolers for Kindergarten.  Most of the parents have low incomes and cannot afford the child care costs. To serve the approximately 35 families in the program, Siembra has an aggressive fundraising program.  Siembra is also accredited by NAEYC.