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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.
Get Out and Grow! 5K Fun Run
Get Out and Grow with us at the 5K Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 27! A run through the great outdoors encourages families to exercise together, builds physical fitness and promotes well-being and team spirit. Register or learn more today!
Volunteering at St. David's Center
You can help us build relationships that nurture the development of every child and family.
St. David's Center offers unique and rewarding volunteer opportunities in a variety of programs at our Minnetonka location and in the broader Twin Cities West metro community. We understand the importance of volunteers and the impact they have on each and every child, and we are committed to providing ongoing support, training and flexibility.
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Volunteer Spotlight - UPS
The UPS Foundation has supported St. David's Center since 1996, and 2014 marks the company's fifth year of volunteer involvement with our organization. Employee volunteers kicked off their efforts in March this year helping to set up our new community-based autism day treatment site in Northeast Minneapolis. Graciously offering their personal vehicles to help, they moved therapy equipment and other classroom materials from a New Hope YMCA and our Minnetonka campus to the new location, which opened in April and is co-located within Children's Choice Center, a Somali-run daycare facility.
"Everyone who came out to volunteer really enjoyed it," said Rory Hokens, the Area Human Resources Manager for UPS's Northern Plains District. "We are excited to be part of this special opportunity in helping St. David's Center carry out such a unique partnership and serve an immigrant population with its need."
UPS's volunteer connection to St. David's Center blossomed while Betsy Collins, now the company's Managing Director of Enterprise Sales - Retail & Consumer Goods, served on the St. David's Center Board of Directors from 2009-2012. Still volunteering herself, she has coordinated volunteers to help on projects from the 2010 toddler playground rebuild to the 2011 Make Them Shine Gala to this year's program site moves.
UPS has four hubs in the metro area employing more 3,500 people, which helps drive the company's volunteerism internally, and encourages all salaried employees to take time out of their work day to volunteer.
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