Early childhood intervention services

Early childhood services at Hennepin County support young families from pregnancy through kindergarten.

We believe:

Children in Hennepin County should be born healthy.

Mothers and babies need adequate and early prenatal care and the opportunity for a safe pregnancy and birth.

Children in Hennepin County should stay healthy.

Mothers and children need access to healthy food and breastfeeding support. They need immunizations, regular medical care and screening, stable and safe housing, and loving and supportive family and caregivers.

Children can develop to their fullest potential.

Children need regular social-emotional and developmental screening, treatment for developmental delays and mental health concerns, and access to high quality child care and preschool.

Expand all information

Baby Tracks: Childhood immunization support

Babies need about 20 shots by their second birthday to be protected from some serious diseases. Baby Tracks is a free program that helps Hennepin County parents keep their babies up-to-date on their shots.

Services

  • Bilingual staff
  • Send you reminders when shots are due, until your child turns two
  • Keep a current shot record for your child that can be used for child care, school, or if you change clinics
  • Answer your questions about immunizations
  • Help you find a clinic where your child can get shots, even if you do not have health insurance
  • Provide referrals or support to families who need additional help with their babies’ shots

Contact us

  • 612-348-6087 with questions or to enroll

Immunization Resources

Health and developmental services for children

Baby Tracks

Babies need about 20 shots by their second birthday to be protected from some serious diseases. Baby Tracks is a free program that helps Hennepin County parents keep their babies up-to-date on their shots.

Services

  • Bilingual staff
  • Send you reminders when shots are due, until your child turns two
  • Keep a current shot record for your child that can be used for child care, school, or if you change clinics
  • Answer your questions about immunizations
  • Help you find a clinic where your child can get shots, even if you do not have health insurance
  • Provide referrals or support to families who need additional help with their babies’ shots

Contact us

  • 612-348-6087 with questions or to enroll

Immunization Resources

Child and Teen Checkups

All children and teens receiving Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare are offered custom health and dental screenings, and follow-up through their health care provider. Staff members assist people with appointments, transportation and other health care access services, and work to educate families and medical providers.

Services

  • Bilingual staff
  • Schedule medical and dental appointments
  • Help finding medical or dental providers
  • Arrange transportation and interpreter services
  • Connect families with other community resources

Contact us

  • 612-348-5131

Read more

WIC

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a free program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well and stay healthy. Families can use WIC vouchers to purchase a range of nutritious foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables. Find fresher choices with WIC.

Contact us

  • 612-348-6100

Read more

Safe sleep

The incidence of unexpected infant death and Sudden Infant Death continues to be an issue for Minnesota families. These deaths can be prevented. Watch a video to learn more about the importance of safe sleep (YouTube).

Read more

Early childhood social workers

Sometimes families of children with special needs (e.g., developmental, social/emotional) require help accessing appropriate services and resources. Social workers who are familiar with the needs of infants and young families can assist with information on Medical Assistance, Social Security Income (SSI), Disability Certification, waivers for children with special needs, and other disability services.

Contact us

  • 612-348-4111

More information

  • If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your health care provider, call 1-866-693-4769 (Help Me Grow) to talk with an early childhood specialist, or use the online referral form.
  • Visit this Minnesota Department of Health website for additional information: Infant and Toddler Services.
  • For information about child development, birth through kindergarten, visit Help Me Grow.

Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP)

Being a parent is a big job — and kids don’t come with instruction books. If you have a child who’s 10 or younger, and you’re having a hard time being the kind of parent you want to be, there’s help available.

Services

  • Assist with mental health, crisis counseling, addiction, and other medical needs
  • Help with getting food, clothing and housing; achieving school success; and staying safe from home violence
  • Assist with financial support, job searches and training, and money management

Contact us

Public Health Nurse/Family Health

MVNA provides care for targeted families that promotes healthy birth outcomes, safe environments, family self-sufficiency, and child growth and development.

Services

  • Parenting support and connections to community resources
  • Education regarding child health, safety, and development
  • Chronic disease management
  • Services for children with special needs and other medical conditions
  • Prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care

Contact us

  • 612-617-4700

Read more

Early childhood development services

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive

Birth to Five offers parents and primary caregivers support services at various sites in the community. We also offer an easy to use questionnaire that can help you learn more about your child’s strengths and share concerns about his or her development. In additions, you can get resources for follow-up services. Early support can help your child prepare for kindergarten and be successful in school. We offer this service in multiple languages.

Contact us

Read more

Follow Along Program

The Follow Along Program is a statewide initiative that supports the healthy development of young children. Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. However, some children need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills like sitting, walking, or talking. Minnesota´s Follow Along Program will help you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age.

Services

  • Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months old.
  • You will receive handouts with fun activities for you to do with your child.
  • The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are concerns, a professional from the program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services.

Contact us

Help Me Grow (Previously 348-TOTS)

In Hennepin County, children ages birth to five with developmental delays are eligible for free services from their public school districts. Services are provided to families in their homes or with a child care provider.

Services:

  • Developmental services provided by early childhood specialists
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
  • Help connecting with community services and programs

Contact us

Read more

Hennepin Healthy Families

Hennepin Healthy Families helps families develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to meet the unique needs of their baby. We offer parenting support and resources in your home, or at a place you choose.

Services

  • Support during your pregnancy and early years of parenting
  • Ideas about how to care for and play with your baby
  • Information about how your baby is growing and developing
  • Ideas for connecting to community resources

Contact us

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program works with first-time mothers who are in the early stages of pregnancy (up to 28 weeks). Specially trained nurses support first-time moms to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start to life. Moms and babies may participate in the program until the child turns two years old.

Services

  • Nurse home visits to assist with prenatal care
  • Support during your pregnancy and early years of parenting
  • Ideas about how to care for and play with your baby
  • Information that will let you know how your baby is growing and developing
  • Home visiting until your child turns two

Contact us

Screen at Three – Early Childhood Screening

When a child is three, parents are encouraged to:

  • Contact early childhood services at your school district to make an appointment.  If you don’t know the number, call 651-582-8412.

Services for children with special needs

Child and teen checkups

All children and teens who receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare are offered custom health and dental screenings, and follow-up through their health care provider. Staff members assist people with appointments, transportation and other health care access services, and work to educate families and medical providers.

Services

  • Bilingual staff
  • Schedule medical and dental appointments
  • Help finding medical or dental providers
  • Arrange transportation and interpreter services
  • Connect families with other community resources

Contact us

  • 612-348-5131

Read more

Child Crisis

Child Crisis provides immediate services to children who are struggling with difficult emotions or at risk of hurting themselves or others.

Contact us

  • 612-348-2233

Public Health Nurse/Family Health

MVNA provides care for targeted families that promotes healthy birth outcomes, safe environments, family self-sufficiency, and child growth and development.

Services

  • Parenting support and connections to community resources
  • Education regarding child health, safety and development
  • Chronic disease management
  • Services for children with special needs and other medical conditions
  • Prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care

Contact us

  • 612-617-4700

Read more

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive

Birth to Five offers parents and primary caregivers support services at various sites in the community. We also offer an easy to use questionnaire that can help you learn more about your child’s strengths and share concerns about his or her development. In additions, you can get resources for follow-up services. Early support can help your child prepare for kindergarten and be successful in school. We offer this service in multiple languages.

Contact us

Read more

  • Birth to Five brochure

Help Me Grow (Previously 348-TOTS)

In Hennepin County, children ages birth to five with developmental delays are eligible for free services from their public school districts. Services are provided to families in their homes or with a child care provider.

Services

  • Developmental services provided by early childhood specialists
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
  • Help connecting with community services and program

More information

  • If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your health care provider, call 1-866-693-4769 (Help Me Grow) to talk with an early childhood specialist, or use the online referral form.
  • Visit this Minnesota Department of Health website for additional information: Infant and Toddler Services.
  • For information about child development, birth through kindergarten, visit Help Me Grow.

Contact us

Read more

Early childhood social workers

Sometimes families of children with special needs (e.g., developmental, social/emotional) require help accessing appropriate services and resources. Social workers who are familiar with the needs of infants and young families can assist with information about Medical Assistance, Social Security Income (SSI), Disability Certification, waivers for children with special needs, and other disability services.

Contact us

  • 612-348-4111

More information

  • If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your health care provider, call 1-866-693-4769 (Help Me Grow) to talk with an early childhood specialist, or use the online referral form.
  • Visit this Minnesota Department of Health website for additional information: Infant and Toddler Services.
  • For information about child development, birth through kindergarten, visit Help Me Grow.

Follow Along Program

The Follow Along Program is a statewide initiative that supports the healthy development of young children. Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. However, some children need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills like sitting, walking, or talking. Minnesota´s Follow Along Program will help you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age.

Services

  • Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months old.
  • You will receive handouts with fun activities for you to do with your child.
  • The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are concerns, a professional from the program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services.

Contact us

Preschool services

Many children need additional support to be ready for kindergarten. All children need to be screened for school readiness after their third birthday. In addition, there are early childhood resources that provide extra support for children who may not be on track with cognitive and social emotional development.

Child care quality rating

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and other early childhood programs. The voluntary system rates programs from one to four stars based on practices identified by research as helping children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. All participating providers have a commitment to quality.

Read more

Screen at Three – Early Childhood Screening

When a child is three, parents are encouraged to:

  • Contact early childhood services at your school district to make an appointment.  If you don’t know the number, call 651.582.8412.

Early Learning Scholarships

Families who live in Hennepin County may be eligible for a Minnesota Early Learning Scholarship to help cover the cost of a child care or preschool program. The scholarships increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for three- to five-year-old children with a family income below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. Younger siblings may also be included if they attend the same program. Teen parents can apply regardless of their children's ages. As much as $5,000 per scholarship will be awarded per family.

Contact us

  • Request an application from Think Small at 651-641-6604.

Child care assistance

Child care assistance is available. Eligibility is based on family income.

Contact us

  • 612-348-5937

Support for families

Children don’t come with instructions. Parents may need help to understand how to care for and raise healthy children. Hennepin County and its community partners provide a variety of home visiting services that support families with preschool-aged children. These services are free and available to families who qualify.

Early Childhood Family Education

ECFE provides activities and experiences that enhance children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language skills.

Services

  • Parent and child classes: an early childhood teacher provides developmentally-appropriate activities for parents and children to enjoy together.
  • Meet other parents to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting, and the developmental issues of each age group. Discussions are led by a licensed early childhood education teacher.
  • Enrollment into preschool programs
  • Home visits by a licensed parent educator

Contact us

  • 651-582-8412

Read more

Hennepin Healthy Families

Hennepin Healthy Families helps families develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to meet the unique needs of their baby. We offer parenting support and resources in your home, or at a place you choose.

Services

  • Support during your pregnancy and early years of parenting
  • Ideas about how to care for and play with your baby
  • Information about how your baby is growing and developing
  • Ideas for connecting to community resources

Contact us

  • 612-596-7537

MFIP teen services (Teen HOPE)

Teen HOPE provides support for teen parents who are receiving MFIP benefits.

Services

  • Nurse case managers provide parenting support and connections to community resources
  • Help completing educational requirements (e.g., GED, certificate program)
  • Child care services for teens who are working or attending school

Contact us

  • MVNA: 612.617.4700
  • Hennepin County Eligibility and Work Services (MFIP): 612-596-1300

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program works with first-time mothers who are in the early stages of pregnancy (up to 28 weeks). Specially trained nurses support first-time moms to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start to life. Moms and babies may participate in the program until the child turns two years old.

Services

  • Nurse home visits to assist with prenatal care
  • Support during your pregnancy and early years of parenting
  • Ideas about how to care for and play with your baby
  • Information that will let you know how your baby is growing and developing
  • Home visiting until your child turns two

Contact us

  • 612-596-7537

The Family Partnership: Parenting for the Future

Parenting program for parents who have cognitive limitations. Parents can complete the program in 18 to 24 months.

Services

  • Classroom instruction for parents, two days per week
  • Onsite childcare and early childhood education
  • Home visiting tailored to family needs
  • Transportation for parents and children

Contact us

  • 612-977-3223

Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP)

Being a parent is a big job — and kids don’t come with instruction books. If you have a child who’s 10 or younger, and you’re having a hard time being the kind of parent you want to be, there’s help available.

Services

  • Assist with mental health, crisis counseling, addiction, and other medical needs
  • Help with getting food, clothing and housing; achieving school success; and staying safe from violence at home
  • Assist with financial support, job searches and training, and money management

Contact us

Public Health Nurse/Family Health

MVNA provides care for targeted families that promotes healthy birth outcomes, safe environments, family self-sufficiency, and child growth and development.

Services

  • Parenting support and connections to community resources
  • Education regarding child health, safety and development
  • Chronic disease management
  • Services for children with special needs and other medical conditions
  • Prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care

Contact us

  • 612-617-4700

Read more

Collapse all information
Top