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Way to Grow Spring Luncheon Recap

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, President of the College of St. Benedict delivered a keynote address focusing on building pathways to hope, to opportunity, and ultimately, to success. “A pipeline to success begins with the assumption that children can be successful.” Click To Tweet Dr. Hinton also stressed the importance of starting early. “By the age […]

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Living United – Action Day 2015 provides 500 backpacks for Way to Grow children

Throughout the Twin Cities, volunteers gathered over lunch hour, taking part in the fifth annual Greater Twin Cities United Way Action Day with the goal of helping students (pre-K to college-bound) get on the right track to school success. Volunteers – including Way to Grow families and staff – joined in the fun, assembling back-to-school kits for children in need. […]

What the Education Bill Promises the State’s Earliest Learners

After much debate, Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature have passed the Education Bill with hopes of narrowing Minnesota’s achievement gap and ensuring all children receive the best education possible. The bill includes enacting free all-day Kindergarten, expanding access to early learning opportunities, and increasing funding for K-12 schools. Though the final bill does not […]

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Cradle to K Cabinet Releases Final Plan to Address Early Learning Disparities in Minneapolis

Mayor Hodges and the Cradle to K Cabinet released the final Cradle to K report outlining policy, legislative and collaborative recommendations for 2015 and beyond. “As much as possible, these recommendations are based on research and the prevailing best practices in the field and in our community.  We want to focus on what works.” -Mayor […]

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2015 Children and Youth Issues Briefing Recap

This morning, nearly 1,000 influential advocates gathered at the 2015 Children & Youth Issues Briefing in Saint Paul. The event kicked off with an address from Governor Mark Dayton who announced that his upcoming budget proposal (reviewed next Tuesday) will allocate $372 million to “children and education.”  Acknowledging that many Minnesota families have critical unmet […]

Cooking Matters Class Comes to a Delicious End

In week five of Way to Grow’s six week Cooking Matters class, the group took a trip to Cub Foods. But this was unlike any ordinary trip to the grocery store. The group was posed with a challenge: using $10 or less, buy ingredients for a meal that incorporates all five food groups and feeds […]

A Very Special Delivery

Yesterday, we received a very special delivery: a collection of bilingual board books in Spanish and Somali! The books were purchased with funds raised through our yearly Santa Claus appearance at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Uptown, Minneapolis. Pictured above: Gary Mazzone, ‎Outreach & Sales Director at Magers and Quinn Booksellers; Elizabeth Fields; Jenny Donovan; Carolyn […]

Valentine Fun at WTG

We sure had fun getting crafty for Valentine’s Day. Our Family Educators were especially good at coming up with fun and creative ideas using scraps from around the office. We hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and a restful weekend.

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 […]

Family-focused Education: from Finances to Games

Family Game Night   Part of our ongoing work with families is stressing the importance of reading, activities and family togetherness. On April 2nd and 5th, we partnered with Hosmer and North Regional Libraries to introduce over 20 families to the game Set.  Thanks to the families and volunteers who participated! Finance Class In partnership […]