Granite City Donating 10% of all Bills to Think Small June 1

Celebrate International Children’s Day and support Think Small by dining at any metro Granite City location on Wednesday, June 1st. Ten percent of all bills that day will be donated to Think Small as a part of Granite City’s Dine to Donate program.

All you need to do is show this flyer– on your phone or printed out- and 10% of your entire bill will be donated to Think Small.

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Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!

preschool-girl-learning-1251296Today is National Child Care Provider Day. Intentionally celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day, it is a time to show gratitude for those who take care of children.

Child care providers are educators, nurturers, and small business owners. In homes and centers they guide children and teach them many skills they will use in life.

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Help Me Grow Hoping to Expand Scope in Minnesota

kelly monson policy hourKelly Monson, Minnesota’s Children’s Cabinet Program Manager, talked about Help Me Grow at May’s policy hour.

The purpose of Help Me Grow is to promote healthy development in children prenatal to age eight. The program seeks to support both children and families. It is a cross-agency effort that includes the Minnesota Departments of Health, Education, and Human Services. Currently Help Me Grow provides information on developmental milestones of young children and refers concerned parents and caregivers to local early childhood special education (ECSE) services.

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White Earth’s Story: Building an Early Learning Landscape for Kids and Families

Fifteen years ago, families in White Earth, Minnesota didn’t have access to early learning programs. Families were lucky to get a spot in a Head Start program, one of the only options in the community.

Now, thanks to years of hard work and dedicated funding, children and families not only have access to high-quality early care and education programs, they can afford them as well.

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