The United Way of the Greater Winona Area held a luncheon on Tuesday, July 9, to celebrate the Early Childhood Venture Grants that were given to 11 organizations, which have specific programs that will benefit from the funds of the Venture Grants. The $45,000 in grant funding went toward innovative and collaborative children’s programs. This funding is 25 percent of the total amount awarded to non-profit organizations this year.
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Executive Director of United Way of the Greater Winona Area, Beth Forkner Moe, announced the 11 organizations that are receiving the Early Childhood Venture Grants at a luncheon held at St. Mary’s church on Tuesday, July 9.
Executive Director Beth Forkner Moe shared a list of the organizations that are receiving the Venture Grants this year and explained what they plan to do with the grant.
The 11 organizations have specific programs that will benefit from the Venture Grants.
• Central Lutheran will be creating a space specifically for infants and toddlers.
• Grace Place intends to expand its Morning Music program by adding an additional session each week.
• Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center will start the “Early Childhood Hopeline,” a telephone consultant available to answer questions regarding early childhood mental health issues, needs, and concerns.
• Home and Community Options will be investing in instructional software, using iPads to assist children with disabilities to more efficiently learn the various skills of daily living.
• Project FINE will create a program focused on the unique educational needs of the parents and children of immigrant and refugee families.
• Ridgeway Community School will provide a program called School Readiness Family Nights that will provide area families with support in the transition their children are preparing to make by starting school.
• Winona Area Catholic Schools will equip a new preschool classroom for children 3 to 4 years old.
• WAPS’s Early Childhood Family Education will provide books for a Partners in Education program.
• WAPS Early Childhood Family Education will extend the Incredible Years class through the summer months. This program is a partnership with Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center that will be geared toward children with significant behavior issues.
• Winona State University’s Children’s Center will provide supplies and staffing costs for students who will work in the new WSU Early Childhood Professional Development Center. This program is a collaborative effort with WAPS and Rochester-based Child Care Resource and Referral.
• Winona State University’s Children’s Center will provide a new infant classroom for low-income at-risk children ages six weeks to 18 months. This will be in collaboration with Early Head Start.