St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in Minnetonka, serves the Twin Cities metro area. St. David’s is a long-established children’s mental health organization serving more than 2,500 children, adults and families each year. Several years ago, St. David’s launched the Family Place program in St. David’s Harmon Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Family Place works in both classroom and home settings with children who either have a mental health diagnosis or are in a high stress environment to help cultivate critical skills that are the foundation of early learning and kindergarten success.

Grant supports improving child readiness by book-ending the day treatment classroom and home-based interventions with pre- and post-family engagement. Providers in this program are culturally diverse and are part of the different cultural communities that they serve. Culture is seen as an asset and is celebrated as a part of the trauma recovery work.