Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) received a $100,000 grant from the Blue Cross and and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more children be better prepared for kindergarten in Houston, Fillmore, Martin and Faribault Counties.
The funds will be used to expand SMIF's proven Quality Child Care Program into the four counties for family child care providers. The trainings will be held in these four counties; although providers from other counties are welcome and encouraged to attend. SMIF will work with Child Care Aware Southern, First Children's Finance, and other local early childhood partners to implement the program.
The SMIF grant is one of five awarded across the state to help licensed family child care providers participate in Parent Aware, Minnesota's quality rating system.