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The IRIS Center The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues of great importance to today’s educators, issues like response-to-intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction, among many, many more. IRIS resources are used in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. Website
The Jack Parish Foundation The Jack Parish Foundation is geared towards providing funding for centers and needy families involved with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, and educating and increasing awareness of these disorders with videos, books, and other communication platforms. Lots of links for educators and families. Website
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation website has grant opportunities 3 times a year. Grant Application Process: The Foundation has three grant rounds each year with application deadlines of March 15, July 15 and November 15. We encourage you to plan ahead. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The Foundation may occasionally choose to initiate special projects outside of its normal grant cycle and/or invite applicants to submit their applications in alternative formats. Mission The mission of The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation is to honor the legacy of its founders, Jay and Rose Phillips, by continuing the family tradition of sharing resources for the public good, while exercising leadership and flexibility in responding to emerging community needs. Self-sufficiency should be the goal of all efforts to assist people; Families should be strengthened as nurturing and financially stable environments for children; The quality of health care should be continually improved for the benefit of all people; Quality education as the key to individual success should be promoted; People with disabilities and the elderly should be able to live as independently as possible; Good relations among people of all races and religions should be fostered and discrimination should be actively opposed; The arts should be supported primarily as a vehicle to address social issues. Additional Funding Considerations The Foundation awards grants only to organizations which are tax-exempt and publicly supported under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Grants are awarded primarily in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In general, the Foundation prefers to make one-year, targeted grants for program, organizational effectiveness, or capital support, rather than for general operating support. In general, the Foundation does not support requests for endowment campaigns. On occasion, the Foundation will consider recurring grants for the same purpose based on demonstrated progress toward attainment of expected outcomes. Website
The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies Reading to babies as young as six months of age leads to stronger vocabularies and better early literacy skills four years later, just as the children are getting ready to go to school. How often and how vividly kids and adults engage in books together through the toddler years also mattered, predicting early reading and writing skills.  Document
The McKnight Foundation Children & Families The McKnight Foundation website has information regarding grants up to 4 times a year. GOAL: Children and families will have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary for children to thrive and make successful transitions into adulthood. To help achieve our goal, we concentrate on making grants and pursuing related activities that: Enable all children to enter kindergarten ready to learn Help young people to become successful adults Assist parents to provide adequate economic support for their families Affirm, strengthen, and celebrate the role of parents We seek results through carefully chosen strategies. Grants to help meet the needs of parents and children remain at the heart of our work, but we also use other tools to reach our goals. We may bring together networks to strengthen or address gaps in a particular field, or use strategic communications and comprehensive approaches to encourage public policy and systems changes. We believe that work on all these levels?on-the-ground services, strengthening a field, and policy change?together will make the biggest difference for children, their families, and our region. Website
The Melancholy Mystery of Lullabies This fascinating article from the New York Times explores the connections lullabies create between babies and caregivers. Document
The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) are professional associations of more than 700 members each. The members from our organizations are a diverse group of professionals representing early care and education and school age and youth programs across Minnesota. The members are teachers, youth workers, center directors, site coordinators, program managers, trainers, and advocates. MnAEYC-MnSACA promotes quality in early care and education and out-of-school time programs and supports the leadership and development of early care and education and out-of-school time professionals. We forward this mission by focusing on Professional Development, Program Improvement, and Policy & Advocacy. Website
The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection And Intervention The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program ensures that all newborns are screened for hearing loss. Children need screening for hearing loss beyond the newborn period. Not all newborns receive recommended follow-up and not all hearing loss can be identified at birth. Continued periodic hearing screening programs are critical for identifying a wide range of hearing health needs not found though hospital-based newborn hearing screening programs. Website
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities The mission of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is to work toward assuring that people with developmental disabilities receive the necessary support: achieve increased independence, self determination, productivity integration and inclusion into the community. Workshop information, news and events, a lending library and publications are available through the website. Website
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to promote the use of evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has posted a number of resources for the public on their Web site, including: (1) Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders; (2) Autism Internet Modules; and (3) Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders Online Course content. Website