Minnesota Growth Fund Participants – Class 5

Community Child Care Center, Minneapolis.  Started in 1974, Community Child Care Center is a program of Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The center serves approximately 100 families in south Minneapolis and makes sure that every child in its care feels love and success every day.  The staff celebrates diversity and nurtures strong relationships with families and children.

Elim Preschool, Minneapolis.  For nearly 50 years, Elim Preschool has been committed to providing the best possible learning environment for children.  Located in Elim Church, the center is an integral part of the northeast Minneapolis community.  Its families reflect the growing cultural diversity of the neighborhood.  Using the Core Knowledge curriculum, Elim Preschool uses play to stimulate young minds to explore and learn.

Family Child Development Center, Plymouth.  Family Child Development Center prides itself on its low teacher to child ratios and its team teaching approach in each classroom.  In addition, the center has a Child Development Coordinator on its staff to support children with special needs.  These unique features ensure a nurturing environment for all children to develop, grow, and learn to their full potential.

King Family Foundation Child Development Center, Saint Paul.  Part of Bethel University, the King Family Foundation Child Development Center is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.)  The center believes that early education is the foundation for life-long educational success.

La Creche Early Childhood Centers, Minneapolis.  Founded in 1969 as Messiah Willard Day Care Center, the organization changed its name to La Creche Early Childhood Centers in 1989.  The organization serves children aged 6 weeks to 12 years from two locations in north Minneapolis.  La Creche has been designated as a Strong Beginnings program by Hennepin County and recently achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.)