What's New at Families First?  


Most Consumers are Happy with Child Care

A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that the overwhelming majority of parents who use child care are happy with it. The poll shows 88 percent of parents say their child care is very good or excellent. 

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Application Now Available!

The 2016 R.E.E.T.A.I.N. grant application is now available for family child care professionals on the Child Care Aware website. The application deadline is November 30.

Students returned to classrooms

School children across the state returned to classrooms. Our Head Start classes started a bit later. 

Head Start students who attend Harriet Bishop and Churchill elementary schools returned on September 8. Children attending Head Start at The Place and Albert Lea returned on October 3. 

Early Learning Scholarships- Northern Minnesota

Families First of Minnesota has now taken on the administration of Early Learning Scholarships for Region 3 in Northern Minnesota.  The counties that we now serve are Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Saint Louis.  Please call or email Sara at sarast@familiesfirstmn.org for details.                        

Head Start shows long-term results

As another school year arrives, it’s gratifying to hear the results of a new national analysis showing the positive long-term effects of Head Start on its participants.

The Hamilton Project, an initiative of the Brookings Institution, released a report this month that shows Head Start’s impact reaches far into adulthood.

The analysis finds that Head Start attendees have a better chance of graduating high school, attending college and graduating or receiving a license or certification. Head Start alumni also exhibit social, emotional and behavioral development “that becomes evident in adulthood measures of self-control, self-esteem, and positive parenting practices,” the report said.

Families First of Minnesota looks forward to welcoming 330 3- and 4-year-olds into our program at The Place, Churchill and Harriet Bishop elementary schools and Hawthorne School in Rochester this fall. We also serve more than 150 children prenatal to age 3 through Early Head Start and partnerships with child care centers.

In Albert Lea, Families First serves 68 3- and 4-year-olds into our program at Brookside this fall. We serve an additional 24 students from prenatal to age 3 through our Early Head program. 


Early Head Start Partnerships

Families First recently received a grant from the federal government extending our Early Head Start Child Care Partnership funding through June 30, 2017. The award allows us to serve 76 infants and toddlers in Freeborn, Olmsted, Rice and Winona counties. 


IBM Grants

IBM provided our Head Start and School Readiness programs with a $1,000 Community Grant in June. The funds will be used to purchase educational supplies.

Become a tutor at Families First - Head Start

Minnesota Reading Corps is seeking literacy tutors for the 2016-17 school year.  More information can be found HERE.