We partner with our state's leaders in promoting healthy child development. We seek to empower young children to succeed for the rest off their lives. That means preparing them for kindergarten and academic success, and helping them build the loving and caring relationships vital to their well-being. In addition to our core program, we have started a number of initiatives to help Minnesotan families fulfill their unique needs and set their children up for a lifetime of learning.
Since 2018, we've participated in a new program aimed at building children's early math skills through books. At participating clinics, doctors and nurses in our program give young children an age-appropriate book, then demonstrate to families how the book can be used to teach early math concepts, such as counting, making comparisons, and making predictions. The program is aimed at eliminating inequity in children's math abilities later on in life. When children learn develop these essential skills in their first years of life, they are far more likely to succeed in school and beyond!
Little Moments Count is statewide collaborative initiative that includes leaders in healthcare, education, and early childhood development. Together,we seek to help parents and the community understand the importance of talking, playing, reading and singing early and often with children.
Science tells us that play is fundamental to every child's learning, especially in the first years of life. It's an important way children make discoveries and build connections in their brain! That's why we've partnered with the Minnesota Children's Museum to encourage play as a tool for learning at several of our Saint Paul clinics. At each child's one year well-child visit, their medical care provider will give their family a book centered on the importance of play, discuss the power of play to build brains, and give free tickets to the Minnesota Children's Museum so they can continue to play and learn in a world-class facility. See our feature on Kare11 by clicking the link.
Libraries play a vital role in supporting literacy and providing learning resources to communities. We're proud to partner with Saint Paul Public libraries to make these resources more accessible. We recently partnered with SPPL to create multilingual posters encouraging families to use their local library and directing them to a library activities calendar. These posters, created in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, are being placed in our partner pediatric clinics across Saint Paul.