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Early Learning Scholarships

Families First has been awarded the administration of Early Learning Scholarships for additional counties beginning on July 1. Along with the current management of our 20-county area in Region 9 and 10, we will be adding Carver, Scott, and Dakota counties in the Metro West Region, and Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Isanti, Pine, and Chisago counties in Region 7E.

Child Care Providers

Licensed child care providers who would like to join Parent Aware can do so for the upcoming July 1 cohort. Providers earn quality improvement dollars, while working with a coach to reach a star rating. For those providers attaining a star rating, the state provides $2,500. In ensuing years, providers can get an additional $2500 for moving to two stars and still another $2,500 for gaining a three-star rating. For more information, call Amber at 507-287-2020 ext. 1404

Olmsted County honors Families First

Olmsted County Public Health recognized the Families First Early Head Start Program as its 2017 Outstanding Partnership Award winner during a county board meeting on April 4. 

Families First was honored for bringing awareness to adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and developing a process to communicate with parents and families about the risks that ACES pose. 

Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery is a family support program that provides temporary short-term child care for children in Olmsted County, free of charge, while their families address a crisis. For more information, contact Crisis Nursery at 507-287-2020.

School Readiness 

School Readiness is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. Families must be income eligible and live in Olmsted County. For more information please contact Jodi Gillard at 507-287-2020 ext. 1526.

Did You Know...

Child Care Aware-Southern District provides professional development opportunities in 20 southeastern counties for Early Childhood professionals and educators, parents, and foster care providers.

More than 200 trainings are offered every four months for Early Childhood Professionals seeking license required (both Pre/In Service) or Parent Aware required trainings. 

Click here for May through August Trainings. You can also search Develop for trainings throughout the State. 

Early Learning Scholarships

Early Learning Scholarships are still 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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