What's New at Families First?

Diaper Drive

Did you know that one out of three children in Minnesota, age 3 and under, are in need of clean diapers? Diaper needs impact the physical, mental, and economic well-being of children and parents. 

What can you do the help? Donate diapers, wipes, or diaper cream to Crisis Nursery. Please follow this link for more information on how you can help!

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, 8:00am to 4:30pm (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!

Child Care Assistance Program

Olmsted County Residents

As of December 5, 2016, the Olmsted County Child Care Assistance Program is administered by Olmsted County Family Support & Assistance, and can be reached at 2117 Campus Drive SE, Suite 100, or by calling 507-328-6500.

Winona County Residents

As of January 1, 2017, the Winona County Child Care Assistance Program is administered by Winona County Community Services and can be reached at 202 W. Third Street in Winona, or by calling 507-457-6500 or 844-317-8960.

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.