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New initiative will promote community-based efforts to connect families with services

Community hubs will help young families navigate services with outreach, online tools, and one-on-one assistance

Babies and young children are a joyful yet awesome responsibility. In order to thrive, all young families need support. Families who do not have abundant social and economic opportunities face bigger challenges in providing a strong start in life for their little ones. A helping hand to get connected with services that boost well-being for their children and parents can make all the difference.

An exciting new community-driven initiative is coming to northeastern Minnesota, one that will make it easier for pregnant and parenting families of young children who are experiencing racial, geographic, or economic inequalities, to connect with critical services. It is funded at $300,000 per year for two years by a federal Preschool Development Grant, through Community Resource Hub funding awarded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The Northeastern Minnesota Community Implementation Hub Collaborative will involve working with seven locally based organizations. These partners will implement the collaborative in six counties and four Tribal Nations in northeastern Minnesota.

Strong Regional Partners

All seven partners have strong working relationships with Northland and are ready to “hit the ground running”. They have extensive experience working with pregnant and parenting families of infants and toddlers, and especially with people experiencing homelessness or other big economic and social challenges.

“A strength of this collaboration will be the coordination of resources among all the partners to ensure wide impact. I am confident that the relationships and practices that grow out of this program will benefit young children and families in our region well beyond the grant period," said Northland Foundation’s Vice President and KIDS PLUS Director, Lynn Haglin, who is leading the staff team.

“Each partner brings a wealth of information and connections, creative ideas, and resources to support this effort.” —Lynn Haglin, Vice President & KIDS PLUS Director

Outcome Goals

The partners will implement community-designed family navigation systems, working within a regional learning community, to maximize resources and tap strengths of each partner while targeting the root causes of inequities impacting families furthest from opportunities. Goals include:

For more information about this initiative, please email Lynn Haglin, Vice President and KIDS PLUS Director.

Federal Funding

This project is made possible using federal funding, 93.434 – ESSA Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.