Washburn Center for Children

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in Minneapolis, serves Twin Cities metro area. Washburn Center for Children provides mental health services to children and their families at three locations throughout the metro area, including a new facility in north Minneapolis. It focuses on treating severely traumatized children using the model of Child Parent Psychotherapy, a therapeutic intervention for children from birth to age five who have experienced at least one traumatic event and as a result are experiencing behavior, attachment and/or mental health problems.

Grant supports expanding Washburn’s Family Focused program by adding another therapeutic preschool classroom, home visiting support for the families of the children enrolled, and hiring 2 new children and family therapists. The Family Focused program serves children ages birth to kindergarten who are having social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. It offers intensive in-home family therapy in addition to a therapeutic preschool classroom focused on repairing a child’s sense of safety and attachment.