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
St. David's Center reaches Give to the Max Day fundraising goal
It is with tremendous gratitude that we thank you, our friends and supporters, for opening your hearts Nov. 13 and generously giving to St. David's Center. In 24 hours, you contributed $15,390 to support our work and make our mission of nurturing the development of every child and family possible. If you would still like to make a gift, visit our donate page. Thank you!
Community professionals invited to discuss The Neuroscience of Childhood Stress and Applications that Foster Resiliency
Friday, Dec. 12
Plymouth Creek Center
St. David’s Center is pleased to host three leaders in the field of child development at our annual symposium this year, which is open to the community. Dr. Megan Gunnar, Dr. Martha Erickson, and Dr. Anne Edwards will present foundational research in the area of brain development and the impact of toxic stress, the latest findings in both research and application, the importance of parents and caregivers in increasing resiliency and promoting optimal development, and the role members of the medical community are beginning to play in identifying and addressing toxic stress. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
Partnership with local theater to enhance client development
Beginning in December 2014, children and youth in St. David's Center's Autism Day Treatment, Early Childhood Education, Family Place and Therapeutic Reecreation programs will have the chance to develop their individuality, confidence and friendships through acting, all thanks to a blossoming partnership with Stages Theatre Company. Read more about how St. David's Center families will benefit from the innovative sensory-friendly theater programming.
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!
Maximize school readiness by nurturing social, emotional development
Mom Enough, a close partner of St. David's Center, asked Katie Hill and Mary Kreps of our Early Childhood Education program to share what kind of social and emotional skills children need to succeed in kindergarten. Listen to their podcast to learn the role parents play in nurturing those skills, and how creative play can help.