Helping families from birth to third grade.

For over three decades, Way to Grow has worked to address the serious and prevalent gap in early childhood education in the Twin Cities. With a culturally diverse team of Family Educators, we provide free, year-round family support and educational programming for families, prenatal through grade 3, ensuring all children are ready to succeed in school and beyond!

Way to Grow’s “Great by Eight” programming is shared through virtual and in-person home visits. Our Family Educators focus on building trusted relationships with parents and children, helping to prioritize personal well-being goals, increase knowledge of parenting and child development, health education, and ways to grow children’s literacy and social and emotional development. 

Our Mission

Working closely with parents and communities, we ensure that children are born healthy, stay healthy, and are prepared for school.

Our Vision

Together we will ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life.

  • Support that fits each family’s individual needs.

    From helping parents achieve their personal goals, to modeling ways to learn at home, our highly-trained and experienced Family Educators customize every home visit to meet the needs of the family. To help support families, Family Educators provide access to resources and information about housing, employment, education, and health services.

    At Way to Grow, our job is to support the caregiver as families learn and grow together! We work culture to culture, language to language to ensure that all families in our community can be supported in a way that celebrates their family and helps them thrive.

  • Partnering with families throughout pregnancy and beyond.

    Using our specialized curriculum, we provide education during all three trimesters of pregnancy, reviewing the stages of prenatal development so parents know what to expect and feel empowered in their journey.

    The support continues through birth and into childhood. During home visits, Family Educators model techniques for playing and learning, providing a space for parents to ask questions and receive personalized support. This individual support is crucial for new and experienced parents alike: when families better understand pregnancy, birth, and the ways a child will change their lives, they are providing their child with the strongest start possible!

  • Early education is a game changer.

    By starting early, we set children up for a lifetime of success. During home visits, Family Educators model techniques for playing and learning, providing parents with a trustworthy source of personalized information. We partner with families to teach them about how to support growth at home.

    Family Educators walk parents through preschool and kindergarten enrollment, from child screenings to school selection! We work to ensure that families feel empowered to make the best choices for their children.

  • Building a network of support for each child.

    Family Educators connect parents with teachers and administrators to build a network of support for each child. At home, we help families set up schedules and set expectations, making sure students have what they need to learn and grow. We also provide academic support for children in all areas of schooling: including literacy and STEM!

    It can be difficult to navigate questions, complicated systems, and major changes at home. Our elementary program works with families with children ages 5–8 to help guide them through this new stage of family life!

  • Creating a safe and healthy environment for every family.

    Through our Growing Strong program, we work with families in the home, teaching parents about the importance of holistic health and child safety.

    Our curriculum is deeply personalized and fine-tuned for each unique family situation. Family Educators act as guides, teaching essentials for family wellness, including prenatal care, nutrition, safe sleep practices, home safety checks, and building healthy habits.

    Healthcare can be daunting, and we’re here to help families navigate the healthcare system: from immunizations to booking well-child checkups, our goal is to ensure all children are healthy and prepared to learn! We parter with numerous community organizations to find close, affordable healthcare.

  • Way to Grow operates a high-quality, center-based preschool.

    Our preschool uses programming that is centered around the unique interests of the preschool class! Our staff uses developmentally appropriate and evidence-based practices to engage students and develop key learning skills.

    Parental involvement is a vital part of our preschool programming, and we aim to foster a positive relationship between family and school! Unique from other early learning programs, our preschool offers monthly parent-child classes and field trips.

    The families of all children enrolled in Preschool Pals are also enrolled in our Great by Eight programming, and receive regular home visits by certified Way to Grow Family Educators.

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Life doesn't stop in a pandemic.

Early childhood education doesn’t stop during a pandemic. As the need for immediate support continues to to climb, Way to Grow has increased the number of both in-person and “virtual” home visits to families in our community.

Even in the best of times, raising a child is hard work. Through uncertain moments, we’ve helped families overcome the challenges of language barriers, unemployment, lack of food, physical and mental health obstacles, and beyond.

When the need is greatest, Way to Grow is there.

“Adopt” a family this season!

Every December, we are able to reach even more families by providing basic needs, special treats, and a great start to the new year through the help of companies, organizations, and individuals like you.

If you’re interested in joining us, check out the link below!

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