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EDUCATION & YOUTH

Caring for Kids

Together, we can create an ecosystem of support in which

Every child in our community:

  • is nurtured at home, in school and in the community.
  • is prepared for kindergarten.

Caring for Kids (CfK) helps ensure our youngest kids get a strong start on the path to success and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. CfK provides access to quality early child care and education programs, parenting resources, and broad wrap-around support services for kids and their families facing barriers to access. Resources and support include scholarships to 14 top-quality early child care and education centers, home visiting programs, mental health supports and advocacy for increased funding of early childhood education.


GET INVOLVED

Want to play a role in this important work? Contact Krystina Christianson, Caring for Kids Manager, at kchristianson@iocp.org or 763-489-7544.

Email Krystina Christianson


2021 Caring for kids breakfast

View the recording of our 2021 program.

Watch program


Take action for early childhood

Interfaith Outreach convened community members to learn and reflect on the importance of high quality early childhood development. Together we committed to individual and collective action to advance this topic. View a list of suggested actions anyone can take to advance this topic and move us closer to a system and practices that work for us all.

I want to take action!


We are here to support you!

Caring for Kids (CfK) team members partner with families to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn. CfK supports parents and families with young children through: 

  • Early education scholarships
  • Case management
  • Mental health support for kids and parents
  • Parent education and support, and  
  • Access to a range of basic needs and stability services through Interfaith and the Wayzata & Orono schools.   

To learn more or get started, email us at at cfkteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500.


Assistance with Hennepin County Child Care Assistance

If you are in need of childcare you can call Hennepin County Child Care Assistance (CCAP) at 612-348-5937 to check your eligibility and begin the application process. Please let Caring for Kids staff know if you have any questions regarding this application process or any other childcare related questions at cfkteam@iocp.org.


Little moments count

Caring for Kids is proud to be a part of Little Moments Count, a statewide community awareness campaign focused on supporting parents and communities to understand the importance of talking, playing, reading and singing early and often with children. Research shows that these types of positive interactions and experiences in early childhood greatly impact health and well-being outcomes later in life.

Click here to learn more!