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Thursdays on First and 3rd

Look for the Families First  booth on Thursday, June 8 fron 4:00 to 8:00 pm near the First Avenue Stage.

 Family Superhero Walk!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 5K and 1 mile Superhero walk at Terra Loco on May 22nd. More than 70 runners/walkers were enjoying the nice evening and Families First received over $300 in donations from that event.  

Crisis Nursery Fundraiser 

Crisis Nursery earned $210 from proceeds and donations at a recent "Dine to Donate" Night at Texas Roadhouse. Thanks to all who came out for dinner and to those who donated. It is appreciated. 

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 more information, call Amber at 507-287-2020 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. 

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 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!

Work at Families First of Minnesota

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