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
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.
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.
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.
Local newspaper features 25th Annual Gala
The Star Tribune stopped by the 25th Annual Make Them Shine Gala March 8 to capture a snapshot of the nearly 500 guests who gathered for a night dedicated to building relationships that nurture the development of every child and family. Held at the stunning International Market Square in Minneapolis, the event featured live jazz music, silent and live auctions, dinner and an inspirational program, and a lively after party. Visit our Facebook page for more pictures from the event, and view the video featured at this year's Gala on our event's website.