What's New at Families First? 


Fundraiser for Families First at Texas Roadhouse

Join us for lunch at Texas Roadhouse on Saturday, October 8th between 11:00am and 3:00pm. 10% of all food purchases will be donated to Families First of Minnesota. Bring a copy of this flyer and give it to your server. 

Students returning to classrooms

School children across the state are returning to classrooms this week. Our Head Start classes get started a bit later. 

Head Start students who attend Harriet Bishop and Churchill elementary schools return on September 8. Children attending Head Start at The Place and Albert Lea return 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 atsarast@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. 

Provider Grants Available

Attention child care providers! Grant funds are available to help you in your child care business. Applications and guides will be on this website as of Sept. 1. The application deadline is Sept. 25. Note: Please read the instructions before filling out the application. For more information, please contact Dawn at dawne@familiesfirstmn.org or call 507.287.2020, ext. 1525.

National Night Out at The Place

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, for National Night Out activities. We had more than 200 visitors enjoying food, games, face painting and water color painting.


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.


                     Important changes for training registration!

On June 30, 2016, MNstreams.org went away and training information, registration, proof of training completion and more went to develop (formerly known as The Registry/MNCPD).