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
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.
Join us for May Morning Tea
Enjoy tea and conversation with us at the Walker Art Center 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1! Our Executive Director, Julie Sjordal, will share her inspiring personal story about her lifelong connection to St. David's Center, a portion of which was recently featured in Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Admission to the galleries and private docent tours are also included. All gifts will benefit the Building Our Children's Future Capital Campaign.
Registration now open for Summer Adventure
Our Therapeutic Recreation team is now accepting applications for its Summer Adventure program. Summer Adventure gives youth with special needs ages 11 and up the opportunity to participate in group activities in a fun, structured environment. Summer Adventure takes place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at three metro homebase locations (Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis or St. Louis Park) and includes "adventures" to various Twin Cities destinations, from water parks to Twins games to the Mall of America. Check out the flyer to learn more! Registration open through May 3, 2014.
Autism Awareness Month to kick off as new CDC data suggests ASD rates are rising
As April begins a month dedicated to educating the public about Autism, new data suggests the disorder affects even more children than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study March 28 identifying one in 68 children as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The statistic, based on data collected on 8-year-olds in 11 states, suggests an increase in the disorder's prevalance, which up until now was estimated to affect one in 88 children.
St. David's Center continues to work hard to meet and serve the growing need for autism services and recently expanded its innovative Autism Day Treatment program to serve children at a community-based site in Northeast Minneapolis. We invite you to frequent our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout Autism Awareness Month to learn more.
Grassroots advocacy moves bonding request forward
We are making progress in our efforts to secure $3.75 million in state bond funding to support our Building Our Children's Future renovation and expansion. St. David's Center's project is now in the House bill and is moving through the process with a House vote anticipated after the mid-month holiday break. Thank you to all who reached out to their legislators to tell your personal story about how St. David's Center has impacted your family.
Now it is time to reach out to the Senate and encourage them to include St. David's Center project in their bill. Your grassroots advocacy can make all the difference in capturing the attention of our busy representatives. Let them know that including St. David's Center in the state bonding bill will increase our capacity to serve children and families with developmental needs by 94 percent! Please be an advocate; email Minnesota's senators today.