ARC (Advocacy Resource Connections) Midstate: Arc Midstate is a nonprofit membership organization offering advocacy, resources and connections to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


    Bridge to Benefits: Project by Children’s Defense Fund to improve the well-being of low-income families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.  To see if you may be eligible for public work support programs, click on your state to use the eligibility screening tool.


    Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL): The goal of CELL is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.  Resources are available for Early Childhood Intervention practitioners, parents, and caregivers of children between birth and five years of age with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.


    Parent Resources: Earlyliteracylearning.org/parentresource1.php

    Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL): Focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.


    Child care choices: Information available for Child Care providers, Parents, and Grandparents regarding decisions about the young children in your life.


    Child Developmental Institute: Information about development as your child grows.


    Help me Grow: Provides resources to look at developmental milestones, learn if there are concerns, and seek additional support in referring their child if applicable.



    Lutheran Social Services: Provides support services related to basic necessities of life; including food and shelter, physical health and safety, and emotional and spiritual well being


    Crisis Nursery: 24 Hour family support service that includes a crisis line, emergency daycare, and overnight care




    Minnesota Parents Know: Trusted parenting information, resources, and activities to help your children grow, develop, and learn from birth through high school.




    Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS): Statewide organization serving as the leading voice and resource on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Minnesota



    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The nation’s leading voice for high-quality early childhood education for children from birth through age 8.




    Pacer Center: Parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years of age.


    Early Childhood: Provides family information and resources to parents of children ages birth through 5 years.



    Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): Information pertaining to child development, education, and games.

    Parenting Tools: Pbs.org/parents

    Interactive games for children: Pbskids.org

    Reach-Up Inc: Provides Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care, and Family support services for eligible children and families in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties in central Minnesota.


    Talaris Institute: Support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.


    Parenting Counts:
    Research-based products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.


    Saint Cloud Area Activities:
    Website provides calendar of area events; listed by age level or category.


    Sign Language Resources:
    Websites designed to teach sign language to your child.






    Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI):
    Takes the research that shows which practices improve the social emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for delays or disabilities.  Resources are provided.



    Backpack Connection Series: Provides a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. 


    Thrive Initiative (Minnesota):
    Greater Saint Cloud Area Thrive is a community collaborative developed to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children ages birth to age five, with a particular emphasis on birth to age three.


    United Way of Central Minnesota:
    Mission to improved people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of Central Minnesota


    Imagination Library:
    Partnership between United Way of Central Minnesota and the Dollywood Foundation.  Children from birth to their fifth birthday can be enrolled in the program if their parent/guardian lives in the United Way service area.  Book will be sent to the home address each month.  This program is offered to families at no cost.


    United Way 2-1-1:
    Free and confidential community helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Helps people access information to navigate human services.


    Connect Up – Child and Teen Resources:
    Listing of resources developed by United Way in collaboration with Partner for Student Success.


    Early Learning:
    List of resources to help shape the future of the children in our community.


    Zero to three:
    Articles and resources focused on children from birth through age three.