Focus Area: Early Childhood
Grant Amount: $10,000
Located in St. Louis Park. Founded in 1976, Perspectives addresses issues around homelessness, racial disparity, poverty, trauma, mental and chemical health issues, and nutrition. Its programs support homeless, dual-diagnosed (chemical and mental health diagnosis) mothers and their children. It also provides out-of-school time and early childhood programs designed to close the opportunity gap and address social emotional needs. In 2019, Perspectives launched an early learning program called Pre-K Every Day, providing intervention services for children emerging from homelessness.
Grant supports hiring an additional teacher for Pre-K Every Day, as well as expanding on the development of the trauma-informed environment. The new teaching position will give the current teacher/administrator time to train staff, develop curriculum, and make home visits to program families.