Way to Grow

Your Community Needs You

Our Way to Grow program is needed now more than ever. Schools are closed and parents are educating at home. Families are experiencing sudden unemployment and resource shortages. Accessing timely and necessary information in their home language is a challenge. The stress of this pandemic is adding more weight to the shoulders of families already isolated and trying […]

Our Response to COVID-19

UPDATE MARCH 24: Way to Grow Preschool Pals will remain closed until May 4 as determined by Governor Walz. In the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, top of mind is the health and safety of our Way to Grow staff, families, community partners, and neighbors. Knowing that our home visiting programming is a critical […]

A Look Back at 2019

It has been quite a 30th Anniversary Year at Way to Grow! In 2019, we took a leap and moved into our new home on Irving Avenue North, and we’ve already hosted Cooking Matters courses, Dream Tracks groups, and several staff potlucks. This summer, we even got the help of Little & Company when they […]

We’re Moving!

We have big news! As of June 13, you can find our office at our new home: 201 Irving Avenue NorthSuite 100Minneapolis, MN 55405 We have loved being a part of the Broadway neighborhood for the past several years and this huge project will mean adjustments and a lot of packing! However, we are incredibly […]

Early Childhood Education Prepares the Way for Future Success

“Becoming a strong reader begins at birth. The cornerstones of reading success – language, knowledge, and curiosity – should be cultivated from infancy, and in every setting.” — Nonie K. Lesaux, PH.D.,Turing the Page From the moment a child is born, every day matters to ensure they develop the literacy and learning skills required for […]

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, […]

Celebrating our Graduates!

It was a day full of pride and joy on July 15th as Way to Grow held our 2018 Early Learning and Third Grade Graduation at Urban Ventures in South Minneapolis. 30 staff members, 12 community volunteers, and hundreds of family members celebrated our graduates through a late-afternoon program that involved an activity and social […]

My Voice Matters: Minneapolis Board of Education

Recent research shows that boards of education have a significant impact on student achievement in their districts and that across the nation there is a low percentage of parents – especially  in vulnerable communities – that are not engaged with their local boards of education. Through Way to Grow’s “My Voice Matters” initiative, this past […]

Eating Well to Learn Well

While Way to Grow has spent the past month celebrating National Nutrition Month, our commitment to weaving education, wellness, and nutrition throughout all our programming continues every day of the year through our Growing Strong program. Research demonstrates strategies that target young children are more effective when parents are involved in learning about and preparing […]

A Mom’s Transformation from Client to Champion: Meet Deborah

Our newest employee at Way to Grow, Ken, recently attended a number of education events at the State Capitol. Still learning all of his new coworkers, he assumed Deborah was on staff and just doing her job as she participated like a veteran advocate: Listening to speakers, talking to legislators, engaging with other attendees—she was […]