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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Preschool Pals Update: And We’re Off!… 600 450 Way to Grow

Preschool Pals Update: And We’re Off!…

An update from Ms. Gwen, Way to Grow’s Lead Preschool Teacher. The AM and PM classes started off the school year adjusting to the new class schedule, making friends and getting to know the teachers! For our littlest ones, in the AM class, learning the new routine was a challenge. Not to our surprise, the kids…

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Meet Maurice! 1707 2560 Way to Grow

Meet Maurice!

On a chilly Saturday in March, Maurice’s laughter fills Way to Grow’s playroom. Wearing a dragon onesie, Maurice (7) is eager to show off his reading skills to his sister, Lizzy (10), and his mom, Mary. When asked about Maurice’s progress, Mary smiles and says: “It’s a complete 180. Way to Grow gave him confidence.” …

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Preschool Pals Update: A Summer Summary! 600 800 Way to Grow

Preschool Pals Update: A Summer Summary!

An update from Ms. Gwen, Way to Grow’s Lead Preschool Teacher. In mid-June, our class started the summer with a games unit. The kids learned how to play kick ball, Connect 4, Candy Land, Busytown, and Go Fish. Many of these games involved winning and losing. The big emotions that came with losing created a beautiful…

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Congratulations, Class of 2023! 2560 1707 Kate Kinkade

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

This August, Way to Grow had the opportunity to celebrate our Early Learner Class of 2023. The achievements of our families shine bright: this school year, 89% of our preschoolers were evaluated as ready to enter kindergarten on track!

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Meet Ricardo! 1971 1971 Kate Kinkade

Meet Ricardo!

Since moving to Minnesota from his home country of El Salvador, Ricardo has dedicated his life to being a role model for his two sons, Ezequiel (6) and Alexis (10). “He’s a very good dad,” says their Family Educator, Maria. Ricardo remembers meeting Maria for the first time: “Necesitaba mucho apoyo,” shares Ricardo. “I needed…

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Preschool Pals Update: Cultivating Minds! 600 800 Way to Grow

Preschool Pals Update: Cultivating Minds!

An update from Ms. Gwen, Way to Grow’s Lead Preschool Teacher. Last week, we finished up our forest animal unit. To the kids’ surprise, zebras, tigers and cheetahs do not live in Minnesota! Our focus was learning about what animals we see outside like squirrels, deer, birds, chipmunks, beavers, etc. We categorized these animals into the habitats they live in: tree,…

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