Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Five Things to Know About Autism in Minnesota

November 13, 2019 by Emma Connell
Autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 42 Minnesota children. Emma Connell shares this and other takeaways from a recent evaluation of a state benefit serving children with autism.

Advocating for Indicators of Community Assets and Well-Being

April 16, 2019 by Richard Chase
What if we knew more about the number of children who demonstrate curiosity, ingenuity, honesty, and respect? Or who are proud of their cultural, ethnic, or social identity?

Creating a New Narrative of African American Families

March 27, 2017 by Donte Curtis
The African American Babies Coalition is a collective of African Americans who are committed to promoting the healthy development of African American babies. The Coalition brings together parents and… Read more »

Supporting Families through Parenting Groups

March 10, 2017 by Vicky Fitzgerald
Parenting can be rewarding, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. In fact, it’s the toughest job you’ll never get paid to do. That’s especially true when families are struggling with homelessness,… Read more »

Early Education Alone Won't Eliminate Disparities

January 4, 2017 by Richard Chase
In a response to a Pioneer Press editorial, Richard Chase highlights practical strategies that contribute to universal healthy child development.

Is Play Therapy Right for your Child?

November 17, 2016 by Christine Hensgens
Johnny just started first grade this fall. Kindergarten went well, but so far this year, Johnny’s parents have received five calls home about Johnny being aggressive with other children, not… Read more »

Beyond the Classroom

June 13, 2016 by Judy Ohm
Wilder’s Child Development Center is located in Saint Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, a place with a long history, a poverty rate of 35 percent, and a diverse community of hopeful families and children… Read more »

Transition Troubles: Helping your Child Deal with Changes in Activities

May 20, 2016 by Pat Landy
​An ordinary day is full of activities for children, which means that it’s full of transitions between activities, too. In fact, a child who attends a child care center may experience as many as 30… Read more »