Northside Achievement Zone

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in north Minneapolis. NAZ is a collaboration of organizations and schools partnering with families in north Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college and to end multigenerational poverty. Each enrolled family moves through a cradle to career system that provides comprehensive support at each stage.

Grant supports expansion of NAZ’s early childhood program to do home visiting in partnership with Way to Grow, an anchor partner within the NAZ collaborative. This program was piloted last year with 28 children, and this year it will expand to 50. Way to Grow’s home visitors use the curriculum “Parents As Teachers” as their primary curriculum for prenatal to 5 years. The home visitors answer questions, provide resources, and connect families with the tools they need to provide a healthy, stable environment at home. All the families involved are recruited and supported by NAZ.