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
Prep your child for the sights and sounds of Halloween
Costumes, candy, pumpkins, door bells….Halloween is full of things that are different for all children, and each of them reacts to the holiday uniquely! For some kids on the autism spectrum, Halloween may be an anxiety-provoking event, full of strange sights, textures, and sounds. For others, a night parading around as their favorite superhero or princess is something they'll enjoy remembering for months! Our Autism Day Treatment team shares tips on how to prepare your child for a day that is going to look and feel a little different.
Full-day programming available for teens with special needs during school breaks
Our Therapeutic Recreation team is now accepting applications for full-day Adventure programming during school release days including Winter Break, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day. Adventure gives youth with special needs ages 11 and up the opportunity to participate in group activities in a fun, structured environment. The program includes "adventures" to various community destinations, like bowling alleys and libraries, as well as fun activities like yoga, zumba, healthy cooking and volunteering at nursing homes. Check out the flyer to learn more!
Celebrating National Book Month
October is National Book Month! St. David's Center teachers and therapists share some of their favorite titles (and why they like them so much!) for children ranging in age from birth to middle school.
Free seminar offered on how to support individuals with social learning challenges
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 8 & 9
Minnesota Waldorf School
70 East County Road B
St. Paul, MN 55117
PACE Place is partnering with IDS Minnesota to present a free seminar on the AT EASE Learning model. The model guides parents and caregivers in creating experiences that support and develop emotional regulation and healthy patterns of engagement for individuals with social learning challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrom, ADD, ADHD, NVLD and PDD-NOS. Register online using the promo code PACE.
St. David's Center autism services featured on MinnPost
Read about journalist Andy Steiner's visit to our Community-based Autism Day Treatment program in Northeast Minneapolis. She highlights the unique way our treatment team is making connections with and a difference in the Somali community, which currently has great need for autism resources.