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Dine to Donate 

Join Families First for dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, May 4, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. 10% of the food proceeds will benefit our Crisis Nursery Program. Click on this link to get the flyer and give it to your server that night. Donations are also welcome. Information on all Families First programs will be available that evening. For more information, call Allison at 507-287-2020, ext 1576.

Child Care Providers

It's time to think about participating in the next cohort of parent Aware, which starts July 1st. Parent Aware coaches offer one-on-one coaching and professional development for you to prepare for your Star Rating, all at no cost. For more information, contact Amber at 277.2020, ext. 1404.

Succesful Diaper Drive!

Thanks to Crisis Nursery intern, Joelle, for her work overseeing a very successful diaper drive. The final count was 4,382 diapers, 22 packs of wipes and nine tubes of diaper cream. Joelle's family donated many packs of diapers and contributed to a gift card that will help replenish our diaper supply when it runs out. Thanks Joelle!

Olmsted County honors Families First

Olmsted County Publich 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. 

Voices for Children

April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention month. Voices for Children, Olmsted County's child abuse prevention council, is hosting its annual no cost brown bag lunch seminars during the month of April. Please follow this link for more information and to register. Space is limited and registration fills quickly. 

New Business Hours

Our new business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (or by appointment). If anyone has any questions, please call 507-287-2020.

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 now 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 January through April 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!

Grants Available

Child care start-up grants are still available for those who wish to start a family child care business. Contact Dawn for more information: 507-287-2020 ext. 1525.


Work at Families First of Minnesota

Families First of Minnesota is a great place to work! For information on current job openings, click here.