Funding Notes

Sheltering Arms Foundation grant supports trainings on Culturally Responsive and Trauma-informed Care

The Northland Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Sheltering Arms Foundation to provide a series of trainings focused on cultural awareness, responsive care, and healing-centered practice.

The funding will help provide educational workshops with state and national experts in the field for people working with young children and families in a variety of settings, including informal family, friend, and neighbor care; licensed child care; school-based early childhood programs; and early elementary classrooms.

“The Sheltering Arms Foundation is a strong partner for young children and families in northeast Minnesota,” stated Zane Bail, Chief Operating Officer.  “This grant will help bring accessible, high-quality training and supports to the adults who work with young children and their families to foster social-emotional well-being and create equitable learning environments.”

MDE Grant to support information-gathering from our region

The Northland Foundation received $25,000 Early Childhood Community Engagement Grant awarded through the Minnesota Department of Education.

As part of Minnesota’s Preschool Development Grant, several projects have been identified where additional community engagement is needed to advance priorities that support children, families and those who work with children and families.  This funding will help support outreach and information-gathering from early care and education professionals and families with young children in northeast Minnesota, in order to better understand their experiences, challenges, and ideas about ways to improve early learning opportunities for our youngest children.

“Increasing high-quality child care and early education programs in our rural region continues to be a major focus of our work,” said Tony Sertich, President of the Northland Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to leverage our partnerships and community connections to collect important feedback from the people living and working in our region, and share that feedback with decision-makers at the state level.”