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New funding support will strengthen regional infant and early childhood mental health efforts

Essentia Health provides major funding for Thrive to enhance infant and early childhood mental health

essentia health logoEssentia 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:

“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.”


Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation supports educational opportunities for those working with young children and families in Cook, Lake, and southern St. Louis counties

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.