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Join us in the Great Minnesota GIVE Together

The season of giving is upon us!  In honor of our 25 years of success, our goal for this year’s Give to the Max Day is to have 25 supporters donate $25 or more.  Can you help us meet and exceed that goal?  We know you can! “Give to the Max Day has become a Minnesota ritual,” says […]

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Rising to the Challenge

Could you feed four on just $10 and one in store coupon?  Sound like a piece of cake?  How about including at least one item from each of the five food groups with the same amount? Welcome to the $10 grocery challenge! Our first group of parents to participate in the challenge successfully accomplished just that […]

“Over the last 25 years, Way to Grow has been honored to serve the children and families in Minneapolis. As we move forward, we will continue to strive towards excellence.”

Talking to Your Baby Early and Often

A recent Associated Press article highlights the importance of the work that our Family Educators have been doing for years. During home visits, Way to Grow’s Family Educators work to encourage our parents to talk to their children (regardless of their age) throughout the day. This exposure to words and conversations has a tremendous impact […]

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 […]

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 […]

U of M Economist Publishes Study on Early Ed

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 low-income families are typically one standard deviation […]

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 […]

Way to Grow Family Featured in Pioneer Press

Below is a great feature about one of Way to Grow’s families published in the Pioneer Press. Jyakima is a single father whose holiday wish is full-time employment. In the meantime, he’s a full-time volunteer. What a guy! Thanks to the Greater Twin Cities United Way for helping Jyakima’s wish come true! [excerpted from the […]