Smiling Faces Academy - Resources - Minneapolis, MN
Smiling Faces Child Development Center - We provide quality child care focusing on self esteem- self conf

 SMILING FACES ACADEMY FAMILY RESOURCES
 
DENTAL
Children from birth to age 18 and pregnant women can receive dental care from Children's Dental Services (CDS) without regard to income, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, affection preference, disability, age, marital status or public assistance status.
 
Children’s Dental Services – 612-746-1530
 
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Washburn’s licensed and professional staff is experts in identifying and treating children ages’ birth to 18 with challenges such as behavioral problems, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, trauma, depression and loss, grief or life changes.
Washburn Center for Children - 612-871-1454
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATIONE (ECSE) Minneapolis Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education program provides programs and services for young children with disabilities from birth to age seven that meets each child’s individual needs. 
Minneapolis Public Schools – Minneapolis (ECSE) - (612) 668-5100

EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING
Early Childhood Screening is a process that supports children being ready for kindergarten. The program helps find children with possible health or developmental concerns that may impact learning. The process includes a check of vision and hearing, child development and a review of the child's health. The program helps families access services for their children that will help them to be ready for kindergarten.  
 
Minneapolis Public Schools (Early Childhood Screening) (612) 668-3715
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION (ECFE)
Minneapolis ECFE builds and supports the skills and confidence of parents with children birth to kindergarten. We provide a safe educational environment that promotes the healthy growth and development of young children and their parents. Licensed early childhood and parent educators teach classes.
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis (ECFE) (612) 668-2127
 
MINNESOTA CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  (CCAP)– HENNEPIN COUNTY
Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can help to make quality child care affordable for income-eligible families.

Hennepin County – Child Care Assistance (612) 348-5937
 
EARLY LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS
The State Early Learning Scholarships gives families financial support to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school.
The scholarship amount is up to $7,500 for a 12-month period. The Early Learning Scholarship must be used at a Minnesota childcare or early learning program that is participating in Parent Aware.
 
Think Small - 651-641-6604
 
 MFIP
The Minnesota Family Investment Program, (MFIP), is the state’s welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work. It includes both cash and food assistance.
 
Hennepin County (MFIP) – 612-596-1300
 
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Medical Assistance is Minnesota’s Medicaid program, funded with state and federal funds. The Minnesota Department of Human Services oversees the program statewide. Each county will determine eligibility
 
Human Services & Public Health Department - 612-596-8500
 
MINNESOTA CARE
Minnesota Care is a publicly subsidized program for residents who do not have access to affordable health care coverage.
 
Minnesota Care - 651-297-3862
 
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center offers medical care, dental care, behavioral health, and community-based services, all in one north Minneapolis location. We also provide many supportive services including health education classes, transportation assistance, interpreters, health advocates, cancer screenings, pharmacy and pregnancy support.
 
Payment
NorthPoint accepts many forms of insurance. Patients without insurance may be eligible for one of our reduced fee programs. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. 
 
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (612) 543-2500
 
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Neighborhood Health Source you can get the highest quality health care for yourself and your children, whether you're covered or not. All 4 of our clinics see patients without health insurance, with the cost based on a sliding fee scale.

Neighborhood Health Source – 612-588-9411


ASSISTING FAMILIES WITH ACCESSING FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES:

To raise awareness of family support systems like Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Early Learning Scholarships, Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Healthcare Coverage and public health services Smiling Faces Academy staff has posted in our entryway flyers and handouts of each individual program.  The names, a brief summary, address and phone numbers of each individual program are listed on the Smiling Faces Website under resources as well as are included in the quarterly newsletter.  Also upon enrollment during the interview process or during the conferences held bi- annually Smiling Faces Academy staff engages in discussions about the family’s personal needs to identify which programs the family can benefit from and follow ups with information on the specific program.
 
To assist current and future families with accessing family support systems like Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Early Learning Scholarships, Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Healthcare Coverage and public health services Smiling Faces Academy staff will print the applications and go over them with the family to ensure they are completed properly as well as clarify any questions about what is being asked of them.  If the application is electronic we provide a laptop in a quiet area for the family to submit. We also allow families to print or copy proofs needed to complete applications like work schedules, pay stubs, utility bills, etc. Lastly we will fax or provide envelopes and stamps at no cost to ensure the families application is received by the program.

 
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