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Our purpose and mission is to provide support and resources for the care, education, and health of young children, families, and home childcare providers.
Parent Provider Connection has provided quality services in Steele County since 1984.
The agency was incorporated in 1984 and began offering parenting education classes in that year. From 1985 to 1995, Parent Provider Connection contracted with IDS 761 to conduct the Early Childhood Family Education program.
Parent Provider Connection developed the Childcare Scholarship Program and began administering the program in 2000. This program serves families in Steele County who demonstrate a financial need for childcare assistance. The scholarship program is funded through the United Way of Steele County and through individual donations and fundraising efforts.
In 2009, Parent Provider Connection collaborated with the Owatonna Hospital and the United Way of Steele County to start the Born Learning - Bi-Lingual Parent Mentoring Program. This program serves families from pregnancy to Kindergarten to help give parents the skills they need to raise a healthy child who is ready to succeed by the time they enter Kindergarten.
We have recently updated our mission statement to better reflect all of our programs. Our mission is to provide support and resources for the care, education, and health of young children, families, and home childcare providers.
Parent Provider Connection has five programs: Resource, Scholarship, Training, Born Learning, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The following is a brief description of Parent Provider Connection’s five unique programs:
We work with families to help find licensed, quality childcare in the Steele County and surrounding counties.
Our childcare scholarships ease family stress by having our childcare scholarship pay a portion of one of their financial commitments. Our support allows families to maintain stable and safe childcare while working or completing their education
We offer a major annual conference to all of Southern Minnesota early childhood educators. This training is instrumental in keeping these providers up-to-date on their continuing education credits.
Bi-Lingual Parent Mentoring - Born Learning
Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. We will work with them as a Parenting Coach to help them learn about:
- Well doctor visits
- Going to the Dentist
- Toilet Training
- Physical, Emotional, and Social Growth
- Television and Computer Time
- Safety in the Car
- Safety around the House
- Interactive play
- Attachment issues
- Car seat safety
- The benefits and necessity of cognitive stimulating activities with their infant
- The importance of well baby and vaccination doctor visits
- The benefits of a healthy diet for both mother and child
- The responsibility they have to their child to abstain from excessive alcohol use or smoking and the complete abstinence from all non-prescription drugs
- The need for a safe sleeping environment
- And that they are all given the skills and support they need to raise a healthy and happy child.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The CACFP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served in family child care homes.
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