A message for the Way to Grow community 1051 776 Way to Grow

A message for the Way to Grow community

Way to Grow’s CEO Carolyn Smallwood to retire in January 2025 A message from Michael Garrett, Chair, Way to Grow Board of Directors It is with a blend of emotions that I announce, after a remarkable two-decade tenure at Way to Grow, our esteemedleader and cherished colleague Carolyn Smallwood has decided to retire as Chief…

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Preschool Pals Update: Summer is here! 594 594 Way to Grow

Preschool Pals Update: Summer is here!

An Update from Ms. Gwen At the beginning of April our classes started a unit on color theory. The students mixed lots of colors, made sidewalk chalk, created rainbow crayons and worked together to make a classroom mural! Our class read the book “White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Baker to learn more about mixing primary colors.…

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Celebrating our Third Graders! 2560 1706 Way to Grow

Celebrating our Third Graders!

Congrats, Third Graders! Hats off to our third grade class of 2024! This May, Way to Grow honored our third grade graduates at North Mississippi Regional Park. At Way to Grow, we partner with families from before birth through third grade, so we’re wishing our students and families well as they graduate from Way to…

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Education is Power 2024! 4054 2444 Way to Grow

Education is Power 2024!

Last Wednesday, Way to Grow celebrated our annual luncheon at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. To all who attended in person, as well as those who supported us from home: our community says thank you. SOLD A STORY, PRODUCED BY EMILY HANFORD Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong is the award-winning podcast…

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Way to Grow at the MN State Capitol #ACD2024 2560 1707 Way to Grow

Way to Grow at the MN State Capitol #ACD2024

Last Monday, Way to Grow had a busy morning at the Minnesota State Capitol! Alongside other education advocates from across the state, Way to Grow families showed up again to support early childhood care and education in the state of Minnesota at Advocacy for Children Day. With the help of Greater Twin Cities United Way,…

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Meet Daya! 2560 1921 Way to Grow

Meet Daya!

“I look like an alligator!” Declares Daya, striking a pose for the camera, donning her green dress and green eyeshadow. It’s a reflective statement of Daya’s personality: creative, energetic, and outgoing. As we spoke with Way to Grow’s latest Scholar, we saw that vibrant personality in action for this superstar student. Sonia, Daya’s mother, joined…

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Way to Grow Book Drive in honor of MLK Day 2548 1442 Way to Grow

Way to Grow Book Drive in honor of MLK Day

Thanks to our friends at KARE11 for sharing this book drive as a way to give back during the month of January! Special thanks to HandsOn Twin Cities and General Mills for helping us collect books for our kiddos—we love seeing the deliveries roll in. You can read the article here! Check out the book…

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UCare Foundation awards grants to ensure a healthier new year for youth across Minnesota 2500 1407 Way to Grow

UCare Foundation awards grants to ensure a healthier new year for youth across Minnesota

Way to Grow is thrilled to be one of 12 organizations to receive a UCare Foundation grant to support our work with infants and expecting parents in 2024! With this funding, we will be able to help even more families navigate their new lives as parents, and support the health and development of our youngest…

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A Look Back at 2023 2560 2560 Way to Grow

A Look Back at 2023

What a year it has been at Way to Grow! From January through December, we packed our year with family programming, staff collaboration, and community connections. Here are some of our favorite highlights from this busy year: January Rise on 7 This year, Way to Grow partnered with CommonBond Communities and Rise Early to launch…

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Way to Grow receives $2 million surprise grant from MacKenzie Scott 2400 1254 Way to Grow

Way to Grow receives $2 million surprise grant from MacKenzie Scott

Read this article in the StarTribune Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott surprises six more Twin Cities nonprofits with $26.1M in gifts Scott’s foundation announced her latest round of surprise donations to nonprofits nationwide.  By  Kelly Smith Star Tribune DECEMBER 6, 2023 — 4:26PM Six Twin Cities nonprofits are the latest local organizations to be surprised by unexpected gifts from…

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Living Generously: Ways of Giving at Year-End 2560 1707 Way to Grow

Living Generously: Ways of Giving at Year-End

Way to Grow is thankful for the financial support we receive that ensures children are born healthy, stay healthy, are prepared for school, and reading by third grade. This year, we are on course to deliver over 12,000 home visits to families in our community who are committed to their children’s literacy. Want to join…

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Preschool Pals Update: A Fabulous Fall 600 450 Way to Grow

Preschool Pals Update: A Fabulous Fall

An update from Ms. Gwen, Way to Grow’s Lead Preschool Teacher. Our Preschool Class started off the month of October with an introduction to our Friends Unit. We learned basic skills about what a good friend does and how to make friends. We read books like “Can I Play Too?” by Mo Willems, “The Rainbow…

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