BALDWIN -- Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley has been selected as one of eight recipients in Wisconsin to receive a $50,000 Wisconsin Department of Children and Families grant. The money will support programs and partnerships that address areas of equity, access, affordability, quality, and workforce as highlighted in the state’s Birth to 5 Statewide Strategic Plan.
“This grant is a great opportunity to grow our collaborations with economic development, workforce development, and early childhood development. These are all critical to the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve. To provide programming that connects with the farm to table movement is an added bonus for the families and children. Needless to say, we are excited to get started,” Family Resource Center St Croix Valley board president Mark Tyler said.
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley offers no cost parent education and support to families and children prenatal to kindergarten entry in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. To strengthen the communities it serves, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is expanding business partnerships with St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation, Family Friendly Workplaces, OEM Fabricators, Nolato Contour, JA Counter, Threshing Table Farm, Child Protective Services in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties, and other community and parent partners to implement its community innovation project.
Grant initiative include:
Expand programming to institute Early Childhood Parent Café’s.
Sponsor workshops for the business community on the importance of investing in early childhood programs for the future workforce.
Pilot a program with three local businesses to strategize how to better support employees with young children.
Expand Farm to ECE program by offering opportunities for disadvantaged families to have an on-farm experience and bring home fresh produce.