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Where Everybody Belongs
At St. David's Center, inclusion is not a practice or an educational strategy, it is a value. Learn how preschool children, like Jonathan, benefit when they have opportunities to play and learn side-by-side with children of all abilities. Watch video.
Play for All
St. David's Center is home to the first toddler playground in Minnesota that combines inclusive and natural play elements. Learn more.
Importance of Early Intervention
Learn how preschool children with developmental challenges, like Joey and Drew, make gains faster thanks to intensive, targeted intervention early in life. Watch video.
St. David's Center proudly meets all of the Charity Review Council's Accountability Standards for non-profits. Charities that meet all standards are granted the use of the Council's "Meets Standards" seal which gives donors indication of a charity's commitment to accountable and ethical practices. Learn more.
What is St. David's Center?
With a 50-year history, St. David's Center has grown and changed based on community need. Learn more about the organization today and our goals for the future in this video overview.
Finding a Toy for Your Child with Special Needs
St. David's Center partnered with Creative Kidstuff to train their staff and develop a website to help you find the right toy for your child with special needs, develop their skills and show you the best way to play. Check it out.
Celebrating our staff's service
Executive Director Julie Sjordal (top) & ECE Special Needs Manager Jana Rasmussen (bottom) celebrate 25 & 30 years, respectively, with St. David's Center.
Proud to be named a Top 100 Workplace!
St. David’s Center is proud to be named a 2014 "Top 100 Workplace” by the Star Tribune. The honor was awarded as result of positive survey feedback from hundreds of our valued employees. Learn more about our employment opportunities.
At St. David's Center, relationships are more than a benefit; they are the foundation for our work.
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development was founded more than 50 years ago and now serves more than 2,400 children, adults and families throughout the Twin Cities metro area each year.
We provide services in:
- Early Childhood Education - preschool and extended day care for children ages 16 months - 5 years
- Pediatric Therapies - rehabilitative therapies including speech, occupational, music, feeding and autism day treatment
- Mental Health Services - individual and family therapy, support groups, skills training and case management for children and families
- Life-Phase Services - in-home and community-based support for children and adults with disabilities
- Early Intervention & Support - education, support and resources for families facing many obstacles in successfully raising their children
Our staff of more than 1,000 dedicated professionals is committed to developing and nurturing meaningful relationships with each child and family as well as within each family.
We offer an inclusive environment that embraces the individual differences in children of all abilities. We value the individuality of every child and family and collaborate across disciplines to fully understand each child's growth and development in all areas - cognitive, social, emotional and physical.
Although no longer affiliated with the church, we retain the St. David's name to honor our community heritage. Formerly known as St. David's Child Development & Family Services, we changed our name to St. David's Center for Child & Family Development in 2009 to better reflect our position as a center for leadership in child and family development.
It is our mission to Build relationships that nurture the development of every child and family. We continue to do this by:
- Embracing each individual's uniqueness,
- Enriching our community through opportunities, and
- Empowering children and families to thrive
Learn more about our Building Our Children's Future Capital Campaign and how we're growing to meet community need.
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development | 3395 Plymouth Road Minnetonka, MN 55305 | (952) 939-0396
Serving Minneapolis and the Greater Twin Cities Metro