General Resource Guides & Websites
651-291-0211 (24 hour information and referral service)
1.) Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Loan Network (MATLN)
A resource page for the equipment loan database for Minnesota augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device users and professionals.
STAR's mission is to help ALL MINNESOTANS with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play.
2.) Child Care
Center for Inclusive Child Care
The mission of the Center for Inclusive Child Care is to create, promote and support pathways to successful inclusive care for all children. Project Exceptional is the training and consultation branch of CICC.
Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral
Statewide network of community agencies offering comprehensive, individualized listings of child care and education options while also working to build a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families.
Formerly known as Resources for Child Caring or RCC
Child Care Licensing Information
3.) Children’s Mental Health
Behavioral Assistance (ECBA)
Psychological and behavioral assessment is provided for preschool age children who are experiencing disruptive behavior problems at home or at day care. Consultation, education, training and support are provided to parents and day care providers in order to decrease disruptive behavior problems while promoting healthy child and family development.
Children's Mental Health Providers The list of mental health specialists have been identified as working with young children and their families. This listing is not an official endorsement by Help Me Grow (HMG) Ramsey County.
HMG does not screen the specialists on the lists, but urges you to do so.
We also recommend that you ask your doctors, therapists, teachers and other
parents' about their experiences and recommendations to find a specialist that
fits for your child and family.
As a parent, if you know of a specialist that needs to be added to the list, please e-mail their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us to maintain this list by informing us of any updated contact information
This list was compiled by Help Me Grow Ramsey County as a resource for parents living in one of the Ramsey County school districts. This list should not be considered an endorsement of the agencies/providers. Parents need to contact their insurance provider for information regarding referrals and coverage.
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental
Current information regarding Children's Mental Health, new releases, books and resources for purchase, workshop information, downloadable Children's Mental Health Fact sheets and tip sheets addressing specific behavior challenges (available in English and Spanish).
Wilder Child Guidance Center
Individual and family counseling for children with behavioral, emotional, or developmental concerns.
4.) Clothing and Furniture Resources
Free clothing and household items through Arlington Hills Church with a referral from a social worker.
One time furniture assistance for families in transition. (must have a referral)
5.) Counseling and Support Programs
Catholic Charities Twin Cities
Assists families in meeting their basic needs, strengthens families and works to end poverty and homelessness in the Twin Cities.
Services include family counseling and mental health services, consumer credit counseling, caregiver support, respite care for families with children with special needs, family and youth enrichment and employee assistance programs.
HSI is a dedicated, caring community human service agency offering hope and help to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, families who struggle with aging, transportation, chemical and mental health, domestic and sexual abuse.
Lifetrack Family Support
This program is for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Lutheran Social Services
LSS helps Minnesota's most vulnerable by providing a wide range of human support services related to the basic necessities of life -food and shelter, physical health and safety, and emotional and spiritual well- being.
Northwest Youth and Family Services
Services and programs that prepare youth and families for a healthy life.
Ramsey County Mental
Ramsey County Human Services directory, including Financial Assistance, Mental Health, Social Services
6.) Crisis Programs
Wilder Child Guidance Center
Counseling, information, advocacy for families dealing with violence.
7.) Cultural Resources
Ain Dah Yung Center
Provides a healing place within the community for American Indian Youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness.
Cultural Resources-Neighborhood House-Eastside
Multi-cultural assistance with basic needs, education and refugee resettlement.
Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
Helps people understand and be successful at navigating the system, both public and private. Improve the physical and mental health of Somalis. Help families, children and youth to be successful. Reducing language barriers and increasing literacy.
Support and services to Latino families and their children with special needs.
Telephone Referral Lines
DHS' multilingual telephone referral lines operate in 10 languages -- Arabic, Hmong, Khmer (Cambodian), Lao, Oromo, Russian, Serbo-Croatian (Bosnian), Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese -- and are owned by DHS and operated by contracted vendors. People who speak little or no English can reach someone who speaks their language (live or voice mail) and be referred to the appropriate state or county human services provider. There is no cost to use these lines.
East African Women's
Ensures that Somali families have access to appropriate basic need and self-sufficiency services; support their families, children and youth to be successful.
Hmong American Partnership
HAP offers a variety of services, including education, employment, youth and family, and housing.
Karen of Minnesota
Information for and about the Karen community.
Lao Family of MN
Lao Family Community has been a focal point for self-help and support for the Hmong in Minnesota for more than 30 years.
Somali American Parent Association
The mission of Somali American Parent Association is to enhance Somali parents’ capacity to support their children’s school work.
HUBBS Center for Lifelong Learning
Head Start is a comprehensive pre-school program that serves income eligible families with children ages 0-5 years.
Minnesota Work Force Centers and Positively Minnesota
Job search and training information.
10.) Financial Information & Resources
Bridge to Benefits
This web site is from the MN. Children's Defense Fund and helps families learn about programs such as Medical Assistance, MN Care, Child Care Assistance, Energy Assistance, Food Support and Tax Credits. There are applications to each several programs and a screening tool to help determine eligibility.
Limited financial assistance to pay utility and fuel bills, October through May.
Heatshare (Salvation Army)
Financial assistance for heating expenses.
Life Care Center
Baby and maternity items and extended services.
Churches, fraternal clubs (Lions, Elks, Charitable Gambling, Community Clubs)
Services include emergency assistance, crisis intervention, self-sufficiency programs, counseling, budgeting, referral services and much more.
St. Paul Foundation
Mortgage assistance for families with services/ hospitalization. Guidelines and application are on web site.
Supplemental Security Income
Provides monthly income to children who meet the SSI criteria for disability and low family income.
Washington County Community Services Financial Assistance
General information about how to apply for basic financial support; emergency funds for utility shut-off and eviction. 651-430-6455
Taking the Maze out of Funding.
11.) Health Care Coverage
Neighborhood Health Care Network
Clinic referral system: clinics located throughout St. Paul. Quality health care regardless of ability to pay.
Portico Healthnet is a nonprofit health and human services organization that helps uninsured Minnesotans access affordable health coverage and care.
Affordable Housing Information.
County--Housing Crisis Response
Housing Crisis Response in Ramsey County provides housing services and support for Ramsey County families, single adults, and unaccompanied youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Providing emergency shelters for families in Ramsey County
13.) Information, Advocacy and Legal Support
(Americans with Disabilities Act)
Arc Greater Twin Cities
Advocacy and support programs for individuals and families of special needs.
Minnesota Disability Law Center
Legal advocacy f or persons with disabilities regarding civil matters arising out of their disability.
MN Hands and Voices
Provides information, support and referral to families learning of their child's hearing loss.
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Free legal assistance to income eligible families and individuals for limited civil matters and welfare appeals.
14.) Medical and Private Therapy Services for Children with Special Needs
The list of medical specialists have been identified as working with young children and their families. This listing is not an official endorsement by Help Me Grow (HMG) Ramsey County.
HMG does not screen the specialists on the lists, but urges you to do so. We also recommend that you ask your doctors, therapists, teachers and other parents' about their experiences and recommendations to find a specialist that fits for your child and family.
As a parent, if you know of a specialist that needs to be added to the list, please e-mail their contact information to email@example.com Please help us to maintain this list by informing us of any updated contact information
15.) Nutrition and Food Programs
Food Shelves in Ramsey & Washington County
Connecting communities through food
Minnesota Hunger Partners
Access to food shelf information statewide
Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Program
16.) Parenting Information
Family Voices of MN
Provides families information about community resources and supports, connects families of children with special health care needs and disabilities with one another.
General parenting information and specific parenting information for families with children with special needs in the Help Me Grow section.
Parent Warm Line: 612-813-6336
Information and resource service of Minneapolis Children's Medical Center.
Parents as Teachers is a national organization with the mission to provide information, support and encouragement to parents, encouraging optimal development of children during the crucial early years of life. This site has articles, tips and links to other resources.
Public Health Family NursingNurses work with families in a variety of areas, including parenting, nutrition, child growth and development and safety. We also provide prenatal and breast feeding education for pregnant families. Nurses can help families deal with stressful circumstances and challenges.
The Beehive-Twin Cities
A United Way web site with information about parenting, child care, counseling, transportation, insurance, health and fitness, education, family life and more... An excellent resource with local information for fun family activities.
17.) Professional Organizations & Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention
Family Guided Routines-Based Intervention (FGRBI)
A research project that is focused on developing and validating a family-guided routines-based intervention model that meets the spirit of the legislative mandate of natural environment and recommended practices of the field.
Information on Early Intervention at Federal and State levels
TaCTICS and FACETS
TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) was an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education Grant. This web site is being maintained to share tools useful in skillfully navigating the path toward provision of Part C Services using the child/family's daily routines, activities, and events as a context for assessment and intervention.
18.) Programs for Children with Special Needs
Autism Society of Minnesota
AuSM is an organization of families, educators, caregivers and professionals committed to supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Center for Disease Control
Health and disease topics.
Developmental Disability Services
Children with significant developmental delays (DD) may qualify for social services including respite care, in-home family support services, home adaptation, special expenses, and/or residential care.
Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
An organization devoted exclusively to the needs of people with Down Syndrome and their families.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
State and national initiative to promote early identification of hearing loss in infants and newborns.
Delivers engaging weekly episodes specifically designed for exceptional families.
Early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.
Fraser is a nationally renowned Minnesota nonprofit serving children and adults with special needs through comprehensive education, healthcare and housing services.
Minnesota Children With
Special Health Needs (M.C.S.H.N.)
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN) is a public program which seeks to improve the quality of life for children with special health needs and their families. MCSHN provides statewide support to help connect families to resources that will assist them in managing the health needs of their child with special needs.
Care Attendant Services (PCA)
Provides services to persons who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own home.
TEFRA (the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act gives Medical Assistance eligibility to certain disabled children who live at home with their families. Parental Fee Worksheet or Online Parental Fee Estimator
19.) Respite Care
PACER's translated materials—Hmong, Spanish, Somali
Resources for Residents of Washington County
Door-to-door transportation for persons unable to use regular bus services due to disability; fees charged.