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CEED Partners

CEED is committed to collaboration with other University departments and with organizations outside the University. More importantly, we are grateful to our partners and colleagues for their generous donation of time and resources. Our thanks go to the partners listed here.

University of Minnesota Partners

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)
The mission of CASCW is to improve the well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system by educating human service professionals, fostering collaboration across systems and disciplines, informing policy makers and the public, and expanding the child welfare knowledge base.

Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health
The mission of the Center of Excellence in Children's Mental Health is to promote children's mental health through collaborative action in the state of Minnesota that effectively links research, practice, and policy.

Center for Neurobehavioral Development
CNBD is a research center that houses over 30 studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning.

College of Education and Human Development
The mission of the College of Education and Human Development is to generate knowledge about teaching, learning, and human development and to apply that knowledge to improve education and development for all individuals.

Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota was established during the Fall of 1991 to bring together the varied competencies of the University of Minnesota and the vital resources of Minnesota's communities to enhance the ability of individuals and organizations to address critical health, education, and social policy concerns in ways that improve the well-being of Minnesota children, youth, and families.

Institute of Child Development
The Institute of Child Development is an internationally known premiere center pursuing research on basic psychological processes underlying the development of infants, children, and youth, and on the applications of this knowledge to improving the quality of human life. The Institute is a part of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

All About Child Care: What Parents Need to Know is a 20-minute video available on the ICD web site that provides an overview of what child care is like for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The video is intended to give parents or others who may be looking for child care an idea of what options are available and what they should be on the look out for in terms of finding high quality care.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Of interest to professionals and graduate students interested in working with parents and families:
The University of Minnesota offers graduate-level parent education courses online. The parent education courses are graduate level and offered in sequence beginning June of each year. The instructors and students are immediately actively engaged together and build relationships as they complete the sequence of courses. This program prepares parent educators to work in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs and other Minnesota settings in other states and countries.

For more information about the online parent education courses and licensure program, visit the Curriculum and Instruction Parent and family education licensure web page or contact Chris Buzzetta at 612-624-1294.

Department of Educational Psychology
The Department of Educational Psychology provides a sound base of knowledge in applied psychology as it relates to educational issues. Students prepare for careers in educational psychology or professions in which they will work with children, youth, and adults who have special needs. Educational psychology is the study of learning, memory, behavior, and emotional well-being, usually within education contexts. The field exists in the interface between psychology and education, and professionals from the field create new knowledge about how to make schooling more effective.

Department of Family Social Science
The mission of the Department of Family Social Science is to enhance the well-being of diverse families in a changing world through teach, research, and outreach.

Institute on Community Integration
The Institute on Community Integration is a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service [UCEDD]) located in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to improve the quality and community orientation of services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Institute carries out interdisciplinary training, service and consultation, research, and information dissemination to address issues concerning individuals with disabilities across the life span.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
The website of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse offers resources, references, teaching aids, conferences, and hypertext links examining issues of violence and abuse.

Child Abuse Prevention Studies (CAPS): Building an Interdisciplinary Perspective. Located at Web site of MINCAVA: Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse Electronic Clearinghouse, College of Human Ecology, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota.

This project is designed to build the interdisciplinary nature of CAPS and bring together a team of faculty experts in child abuse prevention. The project will support a series of lectures and seminars pertaining to child abuse-related research and education.

Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
This study at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota began in 1975 and focuses on social relationship experiences: how people think about their experiences, risk and protective factors, and issues of continuity and change. The overreaching goal has been to trace the course of individual development and to understand factors that guide it toward good outcomes or poor outcomes, studying how people develop at different points in their lives and across diverse settings (school, home, social relationships).

Minnesota Center for Reading Research
The mission of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research is to conduct applied research and research on teaching approaches that facilitate reading instruction. The focus is on conducting research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty, as they learn to effectively teach children and youth from diverse backgrounds to become competent readers in K-12 school settings.

President's Initiative on Children, Youth, and Families
The Initiative on Children, Youth, and Families is sponsored by University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and has three objectives to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families:

  1. develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy to advance knowledge and raise public awareness of the issues and challenges facing children, youth, and families;
  2. engage the expertise and commitment of new and ongoing University-community partnerships to identify solutions to challenges facing children, youth, and families; and
  3. establish new, and expand existing, areas of research and academic exploration through a rigorous interdisciplinary agenda to improve the education and quality of life of children, youth, and families.

University of Minnesota Extension Service
The major educational outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, with offices in every county of the state. Campus-based extension specialists work with county-based extension educators to deliver educational programs through meetings, demonstrations, workshops, publications, and electronic delivery methods such as interactive TV, satellite teleconferences, and computer networks.

Family Development
Develops and implements programs that foster the empowerment of families in our communities. Specialists across the state emphasize parenting, fathering, divorce issues, alternatives to physical punishment, and violence/abuse prevention.

University of Minnesota School of Nursing
The School of Nursing's vision is to be a leader in knowledge development and dissemination in selected areas of excellence in order to promote health and care of people. Their mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge for improving nursing care.

Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC)
UROC provides university faculty and staff work and office space in North Minneapolis for collaborative outreach and research programs in early childhood education. The University is committed to urban community engagement and ways to use its resources to work collaboratively with community, city, and county partners to address the challenges of current times.

This site at the University of Minnesota includes professional development and classroom resources for teachers Pre-K-12.

Community Partners

Center for Inclusive Child Care
The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a comprehensive resource network for promoting and supporting inclusive early childhood and school age programs and providers. This network provides leadership, administrative support, training, and consultation to early care and education providers, school age care providers, parents, and the professionals who support providers and parents of children with special needs. Visit the CICC Learning Center to read more about these courses and how to register. Take a look at the CICC Newsletter

Children's Theatre Company
Children's Theatre Company creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.

Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Resource Library
(a service of Resources for Child Caring)
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN, 55117-1065. The library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:00pm to 9:00pm when evening classes are scheduled. The librarian can be reached at 651-641-3544 or at The PAVE Project's library resources are available at this library.

Eager to Learn
Eager to Learn is an internet-based learning program for people who care for young children. Through online interactive classes, explore opportunities for parents to learn new information and resources as well as share their knowledge and experiences with other parents, all from the warmth of their own home.

Folwell Neighborhood Association
Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives" (Folwell Center). Folwell Center pursues a comprehensive, creative and cross-neighborhood approach to address issues confronting North Minneapolis. Programs and projects are mutually supportive and interdependent, utilizing multiple strategies of crime prevention and intervention, facilitation of multi-jurisdictional coordination, youth development, education, family support and community-based academic research. Folwell Center operates a community and economic development (CED) and a cluster of programs under the auspices of the 4th Precinct CARE Task Force (CARE Task).

Hennepin-University Partnership Liaison
In late 2004, Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota launched the Hennepin-University Partnership as an initiative to capture value for both organizations through a more strategic collaboration--connecting the two organizations where mutual benefit can be found. The Partnership includes collaboration on important community-based research, sharing of academic and practitioner expertise, and providing students with field experience. The vision is to make the connection between the state's premier research institution and largest county more strategic--to build from existing and historical collaborations towards a sustained and productive relationship--"connecting where it counts." The Hennepin-University Partnership web site is a tool for facilitating collaboration by providing information regarding upcoming events, past and current collaborative projects, topical meetings, how to find academic and practitioner expertise, and how to connect and work with students.

Itasca Project
An employer-led project to drive regional efforts to keep the Twin Cities economy and quality of life competitive with other regions, including the goal to improve early childhood development.

Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC)
The mission of MnAEYC is to promote the professional growth and development of those who are committed to the care and education of young children.

Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The Museum helps to instill a life-long love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future.

Minnesota Department of Education
The Minnesota Department of Education works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work. All department efforts emphasize the achievement of positive results for children and their families. The Minnesota Department of Education has a search feature on their website that provides search information (by county and school district) for early childhood program types such as:

 Early Learning Services email contact: 

Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Departments of Education, Health and Human Services) partnering with local service agencies to provide resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals. These resources include information on developmental milestones, YouTube videos, caregiver strategies to support development, screening and evaluation, and how to talk about developmental concerns.

A partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Working Family Resource Center (WFRC) and the Mom Enough talk show hosts, Dr. Marti Erickson and Erin Erickson, brings developmentally sound, evidence-based information to parents and to nurture the development of supportive communities among parents in the workplace. Research shows that support and information are not only essential to good parenting but also to employee satisfaction and productivity. This partnership is also one component of MDE’s strategies to reach Minnesota families as part of Help Me Grow – the new statewide public awareness and child find initiative for children birth to five years.

Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Department of Health is responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of Minnesotans. Minnesota Healthy Beginnings (MHB) is a universally offered home visiting program for all expectant parents and families with new babies, regardless of income or risk status.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps people meet their basic needs by providing or administering health care coverage, economic assistance, and a variety of services for children, people with disabilities and older Minnesotans.

Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network
The Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network is a statewide organization of 19 community-based child care resource and referral agencies that work to build a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families. Detailed information on child care is available through a child care resource and referral service in your area.

Minnesota Literacy Council
The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy throughout the state. The MLC offers literacy services for adults and at-risk children, native-English speakers and recent immigrants, and urban and rural residents.

NAMI MINNESOTA - National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI-MN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families. NAMI-MN offers programs of education, support and advocacy, and supports research efforts.

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
The mission of the PEACE Foundation DBA Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is to build a culture of achievement in a geographic zone in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. NAZ will do this by partnering with schools, organizations, and families to significantly improve education and guarantee opportunities to support for children from pre-birth to college. The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) was highlighted in a KARE-11 Extra: North Minneapolis combating crime with education. Read the story and watch the video.

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
The mission of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota is to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting, healthy families, and supportive communities where children are respected and valued.

Project Exceptional Minnesota
Project Exceptional Minnesota is a statewide network for promoting and supporting inclusive early childhood and school-age programs and providers in Minnesota. This network provides leadership, administrative support, training and consultation to early care and education providers, school-age care providers, parents, and the professionals who support providers and parents of children with special needs.

RAP Head Start
The Mission of Ramsey Action Programs, Inc. is to mobilize community resources to reduce poverty in Ramsey and Washington Counties. Ramsey Action Programs, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency offering a wide variety of services to low-income people living in Ramsey and Washington Counties. 

PICA Head Start
Parents In Community Action, Inc. (PICA) is a private, non-profit agency designated by the federal government to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hennepin County, Minnesota. PICA serves nearly 2,500 children and families and offers a variety of programs and services for children and families in addition to Head Start and Early Head Start.

St. David's Child Development and Family Services
Located in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, St. David's offers a variety of early childhood services to special needs and typically developing young children and their families.

Sheltering Arms Foundation
The mission of Sheltering Arms is to enhance the lives of children and help them reach their full potential, especially those experiencing barriers to success. As a grant-making organization, the Foundation supports programs benefiting children and their families in Minnesota who are most vulnerable, have least access to resources, and are least likely to have a wide array of choices about their future.

Way to Grow
Way to Grow helps parents prepare their young children for success in school by supporting and educating parents in their role as their child's first and most important teacher. Way To Grow is a school readiness program that uses home visitors to promote learning of both parents and children.

White Earth Reservation
White Earth Reservation is located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties in north-central Minnesota. Created in 1867 by a treaty between the United States and the Mississippi Band of Chippewa Indians, it is one of seven Chippewa reservations in Minnesota.

White Earth Child Care

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