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Way to Grow announces its participation in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program

MINNEAPOLIS—July 26, 2017—Way to Grow, the Twin Cities’ preeminent leader for early childhood and K-3rd grade education has announced today that it is participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and has begun to serve meals at no separate charge to children enrolled at Way to Grow Preschool Pals (Center for Families), […]

“We believe fostering a child’s learning beginning at birth increases that child’s chance to succeed in school and life.” – Carolyn Smallwood

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Rallying for Minnesota’s Children – Advocacy for Children Day 2017

Advocacy for Children Day celebrates early learning and gives parents, teachers, early care and education professionals, and communities from across the state an opportunity to stand up and be a voice for children. Led by the MinneMinds coalition, which Way to Grow is actively involved in, our staff and several families we serve are gathering at the […]

“Minnesota’s opportunity gap is a crisis we can’t ignore. We’re investing in schools and organizations that are working full-bore to make sure that all of our students get an excellent education.”

Michael Ciresi, Board Chair of the RKMC Foundation for Children

While state eighth-grade students continue to outperform peers nationwide, fourth-grade results underscore urgency still needed to close gaps in Minnesota

Social Impact Project Launches in Minneapolis

A group of next generation philanthropists has come together to launch The New Impact Fund, a social impact project. We are excited to announce that Way to Grow is one of four family and childhood-focused programs included in the first round of social investments. “At Way to Grow, we’ve seen the lasting impact of developing […]

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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 […]

Mayor Hodges, Cradle to K Cabinet to Release Final Plan to Eliminate Disparities for Minneapolis Children

On Monday, May 18th at 1:30 p.m., Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Cradle to K Cabinet will release their final report which finalizes a plan to eliminate disparities for children in Minneapolis from birth to three years old. Prior to Monday’s release the Mayor and her cabinet met with over 200 community members in March and […]

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Prioritize Preparing Children in Deep Poverty to be Ready for Kindergarten

There has been considerable talk about early learning lately. We have heard for so long the alarming fact that Minnesota’s children in poverty are not prepared for kindergarten. It is encouraging to see the growing consensus about the end goal, even as the means are subject of spirited debate. We, as providers of early care […]

Our Executive Director in Action

The Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi (RKMC) Foundation for Children has announced the appointment of Carolyn Smallwood to its board of directors. Carolyn Smallwood is entering her 10th year as executive director of Way to Grow, Inc., an early education and elementary organization that serves over 2,000 people each year. Prior to Way to Grow, she […]