This program is a match program for Jewish children “littles” who would benefit from having a carefully screened and selected mentor “big.” Match activities are tailored to the little’s individual or special needs and the big’s interests and abilities. Matches are monitored and supported by professional staff and provide positive role modeling, access to Jewish holidays and events, and the chance to have some fun with a friend. These positive relationships between the bigs and littles flourish in a Jewish context, sometimes lasting well beyond the expected one-year commitment.
This is an intensive home visiting program for low-income families with children ages 2-4 that results in school readiness, increased parenting skills and child development.
• Learn ways to help young children grow, learn, and be ready for preschool and kindergarten
• Receive and keep free educational books and toys and learn creative ways to use them to stimulate learning and growth
Trained Home Visitors visit families in their homes two times a week for two years. Your Home Visitor will come to your home to play and read with you and your child with carefully-selected books and toys. Spanish- and Somali-speaking Home Visitors are available.
This program recognizes that when families have basic needs satisfied, adequate healthcare and stable housing, their children are more likely to get to school and succeed. ACT, which serves families in elementary school and early childhood programs in the St Louis Park School District, provides resources to assist with parenting support, school and educational concerns, and access to community resources.