We heard you loud and clear that you need some motivation and inspiration! We kick-off the new Inspired! series to support this need. This Thursday Joe Beckman, longtime Montessori parent and sought-after speaker joins us to share is gift of human connection through "inspiration and implementation". Register yourself and SHARE THE LINK with your Montessori network. We don't want anyone to miss out on this much needed restoration!
The Minnesota House and Senate passed a COVID-19 response package that includes assistance for child care providers. Programs licensed to serve fewer than 15 children can apply for emergency grants of $4,500 monthly, with an additional $1,000 available if they provide care during nonstandard hours, or for children who have special needs or speak a first language other than English. Programs serving 15 or more children can receive up to $15,500 monthly. Programs must be open and prioritize children of essential workers. Full text here.
Think Small Notice Re: Applying State Emergency Grants
Child Care Aware is working quickly with guidance from the Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet to design an application process and system to receive and process applications. We will announce application availability and the deadline for applying in the near future.
Apply for Think Small Emergency Grant
Think Small has set up a COVID-19 Think Small Emergency Grant. Effective immediately and on a first-come, first-serve basis, Think Small will be awarding $1000 to eligible licensed family child care providers in the seven-county metro area. Clic below to apply. Applications are available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Need additional language access support? Please call 651-665-0150. Think Small will communicate directly with providers who are awarded these funds and will continue awarding as funds are available.
Welcome to MNMN 2020! We are overjoyed to share our new unique resourceswith you.
MNMN is celebrating 150 Years of Montessori with a completely revamped organization to respond to feedback from our Montessori community. This is a radical maturation that provides a leap forward toward realizing our vision for the Montessori movement in Minnesota. This steps the Montessori Network into a role as the hub of connection and momentum for Montessori in our State. A structure of everyone belonging as members to organizations aligned to their interests with tools and relationships that have been out of reach before now. The Montessori Access Advisory Council, Montessori Professionals Association, and Montessori Parents, Students, and Alumni Association now serve as anchors for our work growing the opportunities for families to choose a Montessori education for their children from birth through high school.
Please explore the new website, dig into our new resources, and join us as a member. You can reach us with questions and feedback at the bottom of that Become a Member page.
Starting in April, our monthly newsletter will be replaced by a “Hello Minnesota! Love, Montessori” update to subscribers that will have basic information and headlines shared. Members will begin receiving the “Minnesota Montessori Monthly” to their inboxes that share deeper information, offerings, and connections.
Yes, these new resources cost money. We are working tirelessly to negotiate incredible discounts on them so that we can keep membership costs absolutely as low as possible. Membership cost will not be a barrier to anyone in our community. If you are concerned about the cost of membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing from our friends at Think Small!
This Wednesday, February 26, is a big day for early childhood at the state legislature. You can make some noise in person or online to support early childhood-friendly legislation.
Here’s the schedule, if you come in person:
February 26 is a great day for children in Minnesota! House and Senate both advancing proposals to invest in young children. Glad to see this is a shared #mnleg priority!
Lots of activity around investing in children at #mnleg on Wednesday. House and Senate hearings + Senate Press conference. Let’s all work together to support young children and families this session!
Looking forward to the #GreatStartMN bill’s next stop in HHS on Feb 26. Investing in young children leads to strong communities. NOW is a great time to support parents, educators, and children with HF 1. #mnleg #bthru8
Facebook: It’s a big day for young children on February 26. House HHS hearing on #GreatStartMN bill at 12:45. Senate press conference on early learning scholarships at 2:00. Senate Ed Hearing on scholarships at 3:00.
Also, consider logging in during the events. Like and retweet what other advocates are sharing. Check the #mnleg and #GreatStartMN hashtags for updates.
Updated 2/25/2020: We regret that the Montessori Family Salsabration must be canceled due to low registration. This event is intended to connect Montessori families, and without sufficient registrants we cannot fulfill that purpose!
We appreciate the effort you all made to inform Montessori families of this opportunity! We look forward to hosting this event on another date, given the resounding positive feedback we received.
We are excited to welcome all Montessori families into the Minnesota Montessori Network and inform them more easily in the future. We will design future events based on the Network members, including age of children and locations.
MNMN's Montessori Parent, Student, & Alumni Association is hosting their very first community event!
Register today and pass the invitation onto your community via email and this downloadable flyer!
How are you and your family/community celebrating? Check out our Montessori Ed Week Page for resources!
March 2020 is the last Newsletter that will have full content for all legacy "subscribers". With the new membership model, MNMN Members will have full access to all content and those subscribing to updates will get headlines only.
We have record-breaking read rates on our newsletter, and we hope to leave no readers behind.
Become a member before April 1 and you will get the bonus of locking in the membership-launch rates for the duration of your membership! You can join for as little as $15 per year, and you get a mountain of other benefits!
We are celebrating 150 Years of Montessori with a completely revamped organization!
This radical maturation is a leap forward toward realizing our vision for Montessori in Minnesota!
Have fun exploring the New Network on this new website and become a member today to see the BIG changes!