For more than 50 years, St. David’s Center has been building relationships that nurture the development of every child and family. Today we serve nearly 2,000 children and families annually through: Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention and Treatment, and Life-Phase Services, at our center in Minnetonka and in the community.
The best for my child
A St. David’s Center parent of six years, Jill has always believed the Early Childhood Education program was the best choice for her sons. What makes it the best? For Jill it is the dedicated teachers and vibrant facilities.
Developing full potential
When Pilar first came to St. David’s Center as a toddler with Down syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to expect. After a successful transition to kindergarten, Pilar is now a thriving 7-year-old with more friends than can be counted.
Building lifelong relationships
Sierra began her journey with St. David's Center as a preschool student. Now a vibrant teenager, she is building lifelong relationships in the after-school Adventure program.
A healthy transition
When Paul’s parents learned he was withdrawing from friendships and acting out in school, they were concerned. They knew the divorce had been hard on him, but now it was time to get help.
A brighter future for my family
Kelly always wanted the best for her sons, so when her family was impacted by domestic violence, she came to Family Place to get the support they needed.
News and Events
Tee Up for Tomorrow Golf Tournament
St. David's Center's Tee Up for Tomorrow Golf Tournament took place July 14, raising nearly $100,000 in support of our Building Our Children's Future Capital Campaign. John Randle and the Minnesota Vikings co-presented the tournament at Minnesota's premier course, Hazeltine National Golf Club, and 116 golfers participated. Check out our Facebook page to see photos snapped throughout the day!
Hitting a home run for our children and families
Some of St. David's Center's biggest fans enjoyed a fun night out at the Minnesota Twins game Monday, June 30! Clients, families and staff who gave a gift in support of our spring fundraising appeal received tickets to the baseball game thanks to a generous donation from the Twins Commissioner's Initiative. Check out our Facebook album to see pictures from the ballpark!
2014 bonding bill passes and St. David’s Center’s renovation and expansion project is included!
The Minnesota Legislature passed a $846 million bonding bill May 16 funding capital investment projects throughout the State, and Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law May 20. St. David's Center's campus renovation and expansion project is included in the bill. Prompted by increasing community need for early childhood services, the Building Our Children's Future project will improve and expand facilities, including an autism day treatment wing, children’s mental health clinic, state-of-the art early childhood education classrooms and pediatric clinic. The renovation and expansion will allow St. David’s Center to double our capacity to serve more children with developmental needs within four years following completion. Bond funding takes the funds secured to nearly $11 million, or almost 90 percent of goal.
St. David's Center's Board, staff and community offer heartfelt thanks to our hard-working Legislators. We especially thank the chief authors of our bill, Senator Terri Bonoff and Representative John Benson. Their advocacy on behalf of St. David's Center's project shows their belief in the importance of supporting children and families. Thanks also to Representative Alice Hausman and Senator LeRoy Stumpf for their thoughtful leadership in their respective capital investment committees, and to Gov. Dayton, who has been a strong supporter of our mission across the community.
Ensure your child regularly gets a good night's sleep this summer
Chances are you and your child have struggled over bedtime at least once. With the longer days and relaxed schedules of summer, you may fear lights out will be an even greater challenge. However, data from a newly released study suggests swapping outdoor play for the movie-watching that is common on snow days may actually help your youngster fall asleep and stay asleep longer. St. David's Center staff weigh in on that study as well as two other recent ones, and provide tips to help you establish a healthy sleep routine for your child.
Children's Mental Health services expand outreach
Parents with young children in eight schools in the Hopkins and Osseo School Districts are gaining access to St. David's Center's expertise in pediatric mental health, thanks to a new School-Linked Mental Health program, funded in part by a multi-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Children's Mental Health Division. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control, one in five children has a diagnosable mental health need, yet only 20 percent of those children are able to access services.
In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature doubled the funding for school-linked mental health grants acknowledging that assessment and treatment through school-based services can identify and treat conditions that may otherwise be overlooked. St. David's Center mental health professionals began working in both school districts earlier this spring and will be embedded within all eight schools at the start of the 2014-15 school year. They serve children struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and phobias in grades K-6 regardless of a family's ability to pay for the service. Read our press release to learn more about our School-Linked Mental Health Services.