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
Must-dos for your family before heading back to school
With just a week to go, you can feel the excitement for the upcoming school year building within both you and your child. Each new fall brings a new chapter to your lives, but often some regret about leaving summer behind as well. Read our staff's tips on how to make the most of the remainder of the season, before the school year kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Get Out and Grow! 5K Fun Run & Fall Festival
Saturday, September 27
5K Fun Run: 9 a.m.
Fall Festival: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. David's Center Grounds, Minnetonka
Celebrate the great outdoors and your family’s place in it!
The day kicks off with a new pre-event activity: a 5K Fun Run! A run through the great outdoors encourages families to exercise together, builds physical fitness and promotes well-being and team spirit. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
Our free community fall festival gets started at 10 a.m. and features up-close encounters with animals and nature, interactive art, music and health-boosting activities that will get the whole family having fun outdoors. CLICK HERE to learn more about the day's specifics.
Registration now open for After-School Adventure
Our Therapeutic Recreation team is now accepting applications for its After-School Adventure program. Adventure gives youth with special needs ages 11 and up the opportunity to participate in group activities in a fun, structured environment. The program takes place from the time school lets out in the afternoon until 6 p.m. at four metro locations (Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, Richfield or St. Louis Park) and 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!
Star Tribune names St. David's Center as Top 100 Workplace
For the first time, St. David's Center was recognized as one of the metro area's best places to work by the Star Tribune. We were one of three organizations new to the top workplace list for companies with more than 500 employees. "When you’re doing such... valuable work in the lives of children and their families, there is an authentic belief that we couldn't be engaged in more important work," our Executive Director Julie Sjordal said. The honor was awarded based on the response results of a survey taken by employees at 314 different organizations in Minnesota.
"Building Our Children’s Future" Capital Campaign
Our Building Our Children's Future Capital Campaign will enable St. David's Center to reach 90 percent more children with early identification and early intervention services within the first three years of the investment. Learn more.