Find Other Help: Early Childhood Education

Help Me Connect

Help Me Connect is a statewide navigator tool connecting expectant families, families with young children (birth – 8 years old), and those working with families to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being.

Austin Aspires

507- 438-6869
Austin Aspires Early Childhood Navigators work with families with children pre-natal through age 5 to address obstacles that may impede a rich early childhood experience throughout the Austin, MN area. Spanish translators available.

Growing Up Healthy

Growing Up Healthy Early Childhood Navigators help families with children under age five (prior to kindergarten entrance) navigate opportunities and resources, including early childhood screening and preschool enrollment in the Northfield, MN area.

Hennepin County Early Child Collaborative (NorthPoint Health & Wellness)

The Hennepin County Early Child Collaborative at NorthPoint Health & Wellness connects parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5 to early childhood resources. By collaborating with partner organizations across Hennepin County, the HCECC Hub can provide support and resources for childcare, special education, early education screenings and connections to public programs, basic needs, and more.


Family Resource Centers of Scott County

Call/Text: (612) 708-6935
Family Resource Centers of Scott County are a one-stop-shop for connection to services, resources, information, and support in Scott County. Culturally specific service navigation and language access available for LatinX and Somali communities.


Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program

This program, through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, helps low-income students who have young children pay for childcare while they attend classes. For more information, click here


Child Care Financial Aid

This website can help parents, providers, and employers plan how to pay for childcare, get information about childcare quality, find employer information about childcare benefits, and learn about grants, scholarships and more across Minnesota.


Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
ECFE is a public-school program that helps to set the stage for parent involvement and children’s success in K-12 education. ECFE works to strengthen families and engage the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy development of their children. ECFE is open to all families with pre-kindergarten children, regardless of income. It is available through almost every school district in Minnesota.

Head Start
The goal of Minnesota Head Start is to provide comprehensive services to help families living in poverty enhance the school readiness of their young children (birth through 5). Children participate in a variety of educational activities in a safe environment, have healthy meals and snacks, and get connected to medical and dental services in their community. To find out more about the Head Start programs in Minnesota, or find the nearest agency to you, click here.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

1-888-291-9811 or 651-665-0150
Child Care Aware agencies provide individualized referrals to licensed family childcare homes, centers, preschool programs, and school-age programs. For more information about how Child Care Aware can help you find childcare that fits your child's and your family's needs, click here. Parents and Child Care Providers are encouraged to call to access services in Hmong, Spanish and Somali.

Lutheran Social Services Kinship Caregiver Education 

Grandparents, other relative caregivers, or family friends who are raising children who are not their own can get support and services across Minnesota.