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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • SMIF Awards $50,000 in Grants to Home Visitation Programs

  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is pleased to award grants to support existing Home Visiting programs as part of its Youth Trust Fund, an endowed fund started in 1998 by Founding Cornerstone contributors: IBM Corporation, Mayo Foundation, Red Wing Shoe Company, and Wells Fargo Bank.
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  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is pleased to award grants to support existing Home Visiting programs as part of its Youth Trust Fund, an endowed fund started in 1998 by Founding Cornerstone contributors: IBM Corporation, Mayo Foundation, Red Wing Shoe Company, and Wells Fargo Bank.
    Six programs in the 20-county region have received awards for a total of $50,000 to enhance or expand existing Home Visitation Programs.
    Through home visiting programs, families that are expecting a child or have an infant voluntarily meet with a trained professional. The Home Visitor provides information about the child's development, parenting support, and connects families to community resources. Measurable results of effective home visitation programs may include increased immunization rates, increased enrollment in early learning classes and fewer incidences of abuse and neglect.
    The following home visiting program received grant awards:
    Freeborn County Public Health--$10,000
    Rice County Public Health--$10,000
    Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ECFE--$10,000
    Youth First, Fairmont--$10,000
    Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools--$6,000
    Watonwan County Human Services--$4,000  
    "We want to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success," notes Tim Penny, SMIF President/CEO. "A key ingredient of that goal is making certain children and their families are safe, healthy, and connected to community resources. One way to support families and meet the crucial needs of young children is through home visitation."  
    As part of its strategy to invest in economic growth here in southern Minnesota, SMIF has supported early childhood efforts to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success. Over the past eight years, SMIF has invested $1 million annually for early childhood development initiatives. For more information about SMIF's early childhood programs, contact Teri Steckelberg at teris@smifoundation.org or 507-455-3215.

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