Way to Grow

2019 Advocacy Day for Children

Advocacy for Children Day celebrates early learning and gives parents, teachers, early care and education professionals, and communities from across the state an opportunity to come together and be a voice for Minnesota’s children. As part of Way to Grow’s My Voice Matters initiative, led by the MinneMinds Coalition, our staff and members of families […]

Join Us at Play to Grow!

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Playtime is one of the most important ways to promote healthy child development. Children learn, flex their creative ability and curiosity, interact with others, grow, and most of all have fun! Both children and adults benefit from playtime, especially in an […]

The Value of Social Skills

Starting early developing social skills in children prepares them for healthier interactions in all aspects of their lives. Having social skills is an integral value in all functioning societies. Communicating properly with others, demonstrating good manners, expressing personal needs, and being considerate of feelings are all important components of solid social skills. Play to Grow […]

2019 Legislative Session: Minnesota Should Double Down on Early Education Now

By Art Rolnick, Ph.D., in partnership with Way to Grow. {Directed at low-income kids, at as early an age as possible, this could help close achievement gaps and give a huge return on investment.} When it comes to education and economic development, what policy is best for Minnesota’s future? If we focus on that question, […]

Tips on How to Handle Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

Snowstorms and Extreme Cold Winter storms and extreme cold can be difficult to prepare for, especially if you and your family have never experienced one. These adverse conditions create increased risks of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide poisoning in homes and cars. Winter storms and blizzards bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, […]

Adopt-A-Family: A Great End to 2018

Every December, Way to Grow is able to reach even more families and provide basic needs, special treats, and a great start to the new year through our Adopt-A-Family program. Started through a partnership with Allina Health, Adopt-A-Family allows churches, companies, and individuals to sponsor a Way to Grow family during what many of us […]

Investing Time and Energy

Barry Lee always thought his calling was to be a teacher, but life has a way of working in surprising ways. It wasn’t until after a successful 40-year career in the private sector that he finally found himself sitting in a tiny chair, surrounded by children in a classroom. For the past 10 years since […]

Creating Lasting Bonds

On his first day of preschool, Daniel could barely speak a word. A nervous child and unsure of his surroundings, Daniel didn’t play or interact with any of the other children. His only method of communication was guiding his teacher to what he needed, and often he would burst with frustration. “Imagine being in a […]

Thank you, Shine Supporters!

This past Saturday night, something magical happened. Our supporters, sponsors, table hosts, staff, and board of directors all helped make our 2018 Shine Celebration such a memorable experience.  Whether it was singing, testimonies, or our new Way to Grow videos we debuted – it all came together in the name of early education and the […]

People to Look Up To

Many a day for the past nine years, a little white bus has rumbled through the streets of Minneapolis carrying precious cargo to and from preschool. Billowing with energy and enthusiasm, the man behind the wheel is more than a bus driver—he is a caretaker, a friend, and a role model to each and every […]