The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation based in Owatonna announces that they have approved seven grants to support asset-based collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of children birth to age five and their families.

Recipients of grants locally include the Faribault Public Schools receiving just over $19,000 to create Early Learning Centers at the Jefferson Elementary and Faribault Middle School Community Schools.

$20,000 to the Jeremiah Program which provides education and mentorship to single mothers in southeastern Minnesota living in poverty with young children.

The Kasson-Mantorville Schools will receive $20,000 to provide literacy support to help ensure that all students are reading well by third grade.

The Owatonna Public Schools will be getting $20,000 to expand a high-quality literacy curriculum in order to support PreK-Grade 1 alignment.

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