Essentia Health has provided a $25,000 grant to the Northland Foundation for the Thrive Initiative. The Essentia Health funding will help support training, convening, and collaboration among professionals working with young children and their families. Thanks to the partnership with Essentia Health, Thrive has:
Improved the knowledge of skills of professionals working with young children and families through 10 to 12 high quality trainings reaching 450 people from diverse sectors per year.
Increased the use of current research and evidence-informed strategies by practitioners from early care and education, K-12 education, county/tribal health and human services, health care, and family-serving nonprofits.
Expanded resources for infant and early childhood mental health including Circle of Security® Parenting Classes, child care mentoring projects, maternal mental health programming, and reflective practice projects.
Strengthened relationships across diverse sectors to help better coordinate resources and services that support the health and well-being of young children and families.
“We are deeply appreciative of Essentia Health's long-term commitment to helping improve the social emotional wellbeing of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary children and their families,” said Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director
“At our monthly meetings and trainings, we continue to see growing interest and participation in Thrive. Professionals working with young children are eager for current research, effective strategies, and resources to support early childhood and family mental health.”
A $20,000 grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation will provide resources to increase quality early care and education opportunities in Cook, Lake, and Southern St. Louis Counties. Funding will support an array of educational workshops for people working with young children and families in variety of settings, including informal family, friend, and neighbor care; licensed child care; school-based early childhood programs; and early elementary classrooms.
“The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is a critical partner in helping communities to ensure that young children have access to quality care and early learning experiences,” stated Tony Sertich, President of the Northland Foundation.