Helping families with children under age five (prior to kindergarten entrance) navigate opportunities and resources, including early childhood screening and preschool enrollment.
Helping families with:
- Preschool registration and scholarship assistance
- Early childhood screening connection and follow-up (scroll for more information!)
- Childcare applications and financial assistance
- Navigation and connection to local organizations and resources including but not limited to:
- Food access
- Health care
- Mental health services
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Sign up for early childhood screening!
Faribault and Northfield Public Schools are glad to provide this free health and development screening. Early childhood staff help parents learn more about their child’s development and how to prepare for kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is required by the state of Minnesota. It is best to have children screened when they are 3 1/2 years old, or at least one year prior to starting kindergarten. Vision, hearing, growth, immunization records and overall development are discussed. Parents receive information about how to connect with local early learning programs, and how to help their child be ready for kindergarten.
Find more information about early childhood screening in multiple languages: Minnesota Department of Education.
Help Rice County meet its goal to have all children complete early childhood screening by the time they are 3 1/2 years old!
Enjoy story times and more on our Growing Up Healthy YouTube channel
Additional resources to support your child’s early literacy skills:
- Sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
- Sign up for parent powered texts through Think Small
- Visit the public library and sign up for a library card (Northfield, Faribault)
- Connect with a literacy specialist from the local public schools – contact an Early Childhood Navigator for more information
Find local programming and resources
- Faribault, McKinley Early Childhood Center
- Northfield, Northfield Public Schools Early Childhood
- Northfield Area Preschools
- Faribault Area Preschools
- Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Early Childhood Development Resources
- Help Me Connect – a resource directory developed and managed by the Minnesota Departments of Health, Education, Human Services, and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet
- Bridge to Benefits – a project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits
- State of Minnesota’s Child Care Resources Website