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Strong Beginnings

Strong Beginnings child care centers deliver high-quality early childhood services. Through an agreement with Hennepin County and Minnesota Department of Human Services, the child care centers have in place services and support not required at other child care centers.

Strong Beginnings child care centers serve an average of 1,200 children annually.

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A Chance to Grow (Turnquist Childcare Center)

1800 – 2nd Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418
Visit Turnquist Childcare online.

Anew Dimension Child Enrichment Center

1819 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404
Visit Anew Dimension online.

Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow

2438 – 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404
Visit Baby's Space online.

Catholic Charities (Northside Child Development Center)

1000 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411
Visit the Northside Center online.

La Crèche Early Childhood Centers

North Center

1800 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis 55411

La Crèche II Center

1120 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411
Visit La Crèche Early Childhood Centers online.

People Serving People (Center of Excellence)

Inside Lutheran Social Services – The Center for Changing Lives

2400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404
Visit the Center of Excellence online.

The Family Partnership

Four Directors Family Center

2438 – 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404

Therapeutic Education Preschool Program for Children/Children’s First Early Learning Center

(Multicultural Therapeutic Children’s Programs)
1501 Xerxes Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411
Visit Family Partnership online.

YWCA of Minneapolis (Children's Center at Midtown)

2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis 55407
Visit the Children’s Center at Midtown online.

Child care centers delivering Strong Beginnings programming agree to specific program components that are in addition to Parent Aware rating and NAEYC accreditation. The constellation of these Strong Beginnings program components were evaluated and found that children showed developmental gains, increased kindergarten readiness, and increased family engagement.

Strong Beginnings program components

The program has received a 4-star Parent Aware rating for early childhood services.

65% of enrolled children are low-income, special needs, and/or in foster care.

The program includes culturally responsive child care practices, such as representative staffing, using children’s first language, and culturally relevant environment

There is a higher staff-to-child ratio than required by state licensing.

We hold the belief that parents are their child’s first teacher. A Family Coordinator greets, engages and assists families with participating in their child’s education and accessing services as needed.

The program holds twice annual assessments of physical, social and emotional well-being. A Child Development Specialist assists teachers in developing child-specific goals based on assessments, and directs the center’s curriculum planning.

There is a child-specific transition plan to kindergarten. The Child Development Specialist coordinates services with the local school district and the transition to kindergarten.

There is ongoing staff training and coaching with a focus on trauma, building social-emotional skills, strategies for working with challenging behaviors, practices for culturally responsive care, and empowering parents to become full partners in their child’s education.

In 1990, community early childhood professionals and Hennepin County staff convened to address the needs of children in inner-city, low-income families. The group analyzed national data on quality early childhood programs and identified eighteen child care program components believed to have a positive impact on low-income children and their families.

In 1992, Hennepin County contracted with five child care centers to implement the positive-impact identified program components into a strategy called “Strong Beginnings”.

In 2000, Hennepin County completed an evaluation of the Strong Beginnings programs and found that children showed developmental gains, increased kindergarten readiness, and increased family engagement. As a result, Hennepin County expanded the program to eight more child care providers. A second evaluation in 2004 found that the Strong Beginnings providers continued to demonstrate the same successes.

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