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Spring activities are flourishing


Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Spring is a busy time for us here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), especially in our early childhood program. We invest in this area to prepare the youngest citizens of our region to be the workers, leaders, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. We invite you to celebrate with us the Week of the Young Child, April 6-12. This year’s theme is “Early Years Are Learning Years”. For more information about the Week of the Young Child, visit http://www.naeyc.org.

One way we’re marking this annual event is by bringing attention to the ways SMIF is investing in early childhood. In this month’s column, I’d like to share briefly some of our current early childhood efforts.

A few years ago, we launched Parenting Matters... a workplace education program. We know that many working families find it difficult to participate in the traditional parenting classes due to conflicting work schedules, time commitments, and cost. To help remove these barriers, SMIF engages parents where they spend a majority of their time-the workplace. We’re excited about the number of businesses that have already taken advantage of this program as a way to help their employees become better parents, and we anticipate that this program will continue to grow.

Research shows that employees who believe they are good parents are also more productive workers. For us, our Parenting Matters class translates into a win-win for everyone-the business, the community, and the families.

Another unique way we invest in early childhood is by providing free books to organizations through our BookStart grant program. For more than a decade, we have partnered with Capstone for more than a decade, as together we seek to place a book into the hands and homes of pre-school children across southern Minnesota. Through this program, we are pleased to offer awardees the option to select from a limited number of board books and bilingual (Spanish and English) books as well as a wide variety of other early childhood books. (Applications for BookStart are due April 15.)

Presently, we are also recruiting new AmeriCorps LEAP members for our 2014-2015 year of service.LEAP participants are placed in early learning centers (typically Head Start sites) and they help classroom teachers address the area of social and emotional skills in children ages 0-5. These efforts lead to skill-building and r .....
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SE MN Initiative Foundation announces BookStart grants to early childhood programs

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

In an effort to promote early childhood literacy, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Capstone are partnering for the 12th year of the BookStart program. The goal of this partnership is to ensure every child has their own book at hom ..... 
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Lanesboro Child Care Center

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

In 1988 the Lanesboro School District was the first in the state of Minnesota to offer daycare within the school system. This program is offered for all resident of the district. We are licensed to care for up to 60 children in our facility. Hig ..... 
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St. Johns Lutheran Preschool

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

St. Johns Lutheran Preschool is owned and operated by St. John Lutheran Church of Wykoff, Minn., under the supervision of the congregation’s Board of Education. St. Johns Lutheran Preschool was established to assist and support Christian parents in ..... 
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I Love to Read

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

February was a very busy month at Fillmore Central Elementary with it being “I Love To Read Month”. The kids were buzzing with energy for reading and fun! Fillmore Central Community Ed, Fillmore Central Schools, and area businesses partnered ..... 
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Houston's robotics team is recipient of two awards

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

At the April 1 Houston School Board meeting Principal Todd Lundberg was excited to announce the success the new Robotics team had at their most recent competition. The team made up of seven students competed at Mariucci Arena where they performed bet ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 3 A/B Honor Roll

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Grade 8: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Olivia Hoff, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp Grade 7: Cora Bauer, Ka ..... 
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