Student of the Month! 150 150 Way to Grow

Student of the Month!

We’re excited to share this incredible Way to Grow success story! This is Family Educator Collette Fredrickson reporting: “On Monday morning, Osemwivie, kindergarten student and Way to Grow participant, was named Student of the Month at her school! Last August, Osemwivie was unable to read a single word and refused to even try out of fear of failing.…

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Beyond School Hours 150 150 Way to Grow

Beyond School Hours

Next week, Way to Grow’s Executive Director, Carolyn Smallwood, and Director of Early Education, Carrie Zelin Johnson, will travel to Atlanta to give a presentation on our home visiting model to attendees of the Beyond School Hours conference. Now in its 17th year, the Beyond School Hours conference is one of the nation’s largest and…

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A Very Special Visitor 150 150 Way to Grow

A Very Special Visitor

This week, we had a surprise visit from Beverly Propes. Ms. Propes was a member of the team at the Greater Twin Cities United Way that was instrumental in helping launch Way to Grow 25 years ago. A licensed school nurse, she is now a wellness consultant with Minneapolis Public Schools and a member of…

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Words to Grow 150 150 Way to Grow

Words to Grow

This week, a group of our Family Educators (and a special little helper who had a free day from school due to the cold!) assembled word kits for families of third grade students.These kits are designed to help parents get their children ready for the MCA tests. This is just one of many ways that…

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Invest Now or Pay More Later: A Conversation about Early Childhood with Economist Dr. Art Rolnick 150 150 Way to Grow

Invest Now or Pay More Later: A Conversation about Early Childhood with Economist Dr. Art Rolnick

  Way to Grow Board Member Dr. Art Rolnick, the Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, recently joined Marti and Erin Erickson, co-hosts of Mom Enough, in their studio. As usual, Art spoke eloquently about the importance of investing in early learning programs. We’re…

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U of M Economist Publishes Study on Early Ed 150 150 Way to Grow

U of M Economist Publishes Study on Early Ed

Courtesy of University of Minnesota / MinnPost University of Minnesota professor Aaron Sojourner recently published a study in The Journal of Human Resources centered on the role that high quality pre-k programs can have in tackling the achievement gap. In an article published in MinnPost, Educator reporter Beth Hawkins wrote, “By age 3, children from…

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Success Story: Marina and Abi 150 150 Way to Grow

Success Story: Marina and Abi

Marina, a single mom to 3-year-old Abi, was desperately struggling to make ends meet. Marina heard about Way to Grow from a friend, and was eager to learn how to help her son. At 3 years old, Abi was only speaking in grunts and made-up words. He would often get frustrated and throw violent tantrums…

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Rep. Winkler Putting Forth Early Ed Bill 150 150 Way to Grow

Rep. Winkler Putting Forth Early Ed Bill

Today, Representative Ryan Winkler will announce a bill to continue Minnesota’s investment in early childhood education, close the achievement gap, and build on the work done in 2013’s ‘Education Session.’ The bill, authored by Representative Ryan Winkler, calls for increased funding for early learning scholarships, which research has proven addresses the achievement gap, and in…

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Farewell, Lily! 150 150 Way to Grow

Farewell, Lily!

Yesterday, we bid farewell to one of our wonderful Family Educators. Lily Romero recently graduated from MCTC with her RN degree and has already accepted a position at the HCMC clinic in Richfield. Lily, you will be missed. Richfield, you’re in good hands!

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12 Days of Growing: Day 12 150 150 Way to Grow

12 Days of Growing: Day 12

Day 12 – A Team of Twelve – Whether they’re cheering us from the sidelines or fighting on the frontline for our children and families, we are indebted to the team of individuals and organizations who help make Way to Grow one of our city’s strongest advocates for early learning. Our Team of Twelve includes…

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12 Days of Growing: Day 11 150 150 Way to Grow

12 Days of Growing: Day 11

Day 11 – Eleven Thousand Visits! That’s how many home visits our Family Educators and Resource Advocates conducted in 2013! Way to Grow’s home visits address all aspects of family life, health, and early education. Home visits produce positive results in developing early childhood literacy and preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond. To…

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12 Days of Growing: Day 10 150 150 Way to Grow

12 Days of Growing: Day 10

Day 10 – 10 out of 10 – That’s the rating we’ve given Family Educator Marie Huey for her recent guest blog post for the Twin Cities chapter of Young Education Professionals. Marie wrote poignantly about the challenges of changing ingrained practices and mindsets when it comes to teaching a young child the literacy skills he…

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