Jeremiah Program, Kasson-Mantorville Schools receive SMIF grants

February 3, 2019

Two Southeast Minnesota programs will receive a portion of the $120,000 in grants Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently approved to support asset-based collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of children from birth to age 5 and their families.

Rochester’s Jeremiah Program and Kasson-Mantorville Schools were two of seven Early Childhood Grant award recipients announced Thursday.

Jeremiah Program is slated to receive $20,000 to help provide education and mentorship to single mothers living in poverty with young children. This program will increase parenting skills and knowledge required to build their children’s social and emotional skills.

Kasson-Mantorville Schools was awarded an equal amount to help provide literacy support, including preschool to grade 3 alignment and engaging reading materials, so all students are reading well by third grade.

“We are proud to support these organizations that are doing the important work of preparing young children for school and educating parents and teachers in the region,” said Rae Jean Hansen, the foundation’s vice president of Early Childhood. “SMIF’s Early Childhood Grants support the Foundation’s focus area of investing in the children and families of our 20-county region in southern Minnesota.”

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