YWCA of Duluth

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $5,500

Located in Duluth. The YWCA of Duluth has been serving women and families in Duluth for the past 125 years. Its Spirit Valley building, which houses the Early Childhood Center and the Young Mom’s program, has been operating for 15 years with funding from Sheltering Arms for several of its programs. The YWCA has been a leader in Duluth in implementing Circles of Security aimed at addressing trauma in both families and staff.

Grant supports offering training for center staff in the Pyramid model, a positive behavioral intervention and support framework that helps early educators build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive care-giving, create learning environments, provide targeted social emotional skills, and support children who have challenging behavior. The Pyramid model is used by the Duluth School district and Head Start programs, so children from the Y’s center will more easily transition from the center into kindergarten.