Impact and Programs
We are pleased to report the following organizational accomplishments over the past year:
1. Furthering our reach into downtown Minneapolis as the community partner of Westminster Presbyterian Church: In March 2018, we opened the doors on the new Harman Center for Child & Family Wellbeing, a first-of-its-kind early intervention center with a comprehensive set of services dedicated to improving developmental and relational outcomes for children ages birth to five who have experienced trauma. The new center brings together infant and early childhood mental health services, pediatric therapies, culturally-specific autism services and an innovative parent-child attachment intervention program to create an entirely new vision for how we work with some of the most historically underserved children and families in our community: children who are in or at-risk of out of home placement, children with developmental delays as a result of trauma and early adversity, and East African children who are disproportionately impacted by autism.
2. Launched the Quality Parenting Initiative: In partnership with AspireMN and the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, St. David’s Center led 13 private foster care agencies, foster parents, youth and biological parents along with key stakeholders at both the county and state level in a state-wide initiative to fundamentally transform the child protection system in Minnesota. Through the participatory leadership of the foster care community, QPI aims to overhaul current child welfare systems and processes to wrap-around the child, with all entities working together across silos toward a common goal: improved care and outcomes for all of Minnesota’s children through the wisdom and determinacy of the foster care community itself.
3. Expanded our Minnetonka campus and outreach in community-based settings: With a continued commitment to meet increasing community needs, we leveraged our renovated and expanded campus in Minnetonka, thereby making good on our promise to double our capacity, and grew our services in strategic partner sites across Hennepin County. In total, we served an additional 545 children in early intervention and treatment, reaching over 21% more children and families in the last year than ever before.
4. Significantly increased our depth in the field of children’s mental health: With a vision to increase the children’s mental health workforce by number and by capacity to treat complex needs, St. David’s Center invested in evidence-based training and consultation for 57 clinicians.
5. Expanded our psychological testing capacity by hiring postdoctoral fellows who will continue with St. David’s Center once they are fully licensed.
For the last 57 years, St. David’s Center’s core goals have addressed improved school readiness, increased safety and self-sufficiency for children and families and improved health and wellness for children with developmental disabilities. Following an extensive environmental scan conducted at the end of our last capital campaign, our Board approved a strategic plan outlining goals that will guide our organization’s course into 2020. These goals include:
1. Furthering our reach to increase access to critically-needed services for the underserved, through launching another multi-service site, expanding strategic partnerships and exploring opportunities for acquisition, This current fiscal year, we not only opened The Harman Center for Child & Family Wellbeing in downtown Minneapolis, we entered a partnership agreement to expand access to high quality early childhood education for children in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. With Banyan Community, St. David's Center will open a new preschool program in the fall 2018. In addition, we expanded access to autism services through our partnership with Hiawatha Academy and will be operating at five sites as of fall 2018.
2. Continuing to provide exceptional, developmentally-attuned early childhood education and intervention services to meet community needs, This fiscal year, we will offer additional services to children involved in the child protection system, tailored to their family needs and aimed at optimal outcomes for the child's development and the family's wellbeing. In addition, we will open a lower ratio classroom on our Minnetonka campus to tailor early education and early intervention services to children who require more support in order to be successful.
3. Providing leadership to the field to improve outcomes for children and families through workforce development, advocacy and pilot initiatives. We are continuing our work on the statewide Quality Parenting Initiative and training more clinical mental health professionals in evidence-based intervention models.
4. Strengthening our infrastructure to support our mission, services and reach and to increase organizational sustainability. Our focus this year is on information technology, enhanced functionality in our electronic medical records system, and targeted marketing efforts to increase our referral base.
Community or Constituency Served
In FY 17, St. David's Center served 3,316 children and their families in the following ways: 395 in our Early Childhood Education Program; 2,371 in our Early Intervention and Treatment Services; and 550 in our Life-Phase Services.
Geographic Area Served
The geographic area served by St. David's Center is the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, primarily Minneapolis and surrounding communities in Hennepin County.