Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in Golden Valley, serving statewide. Established in 1910, JFCS provides a wide array of services to the Jewish and broader community. Each year, JFCS serves thousands in the community in the areas of aging services, career services, children and family services, community engagement, and counseling and mental health support services. Recognizing a need for a high-quality home visiting service, JFCS connected to a national model called ParentChild+, which provides home visiting for families with children ages 2-4 that supports school readiness, parenting skills, and child development, and it is provided at no charge to participants.

Grant supports expanding JFCS’ ParentChild+ program serving Spanish-speaking families in the metro area, as there is currently a wait list for the program. JFCS currently has 2 Spanish-speaking Early Learning Specialists (ELS) and 2 Spanish-speaking supervisors serving 35 families and plans to add 2 more ELSs to serve an additional 28 families. Each ELS meets 2 times per week for 30 minute visits over a period of 2 years.