Trends, insights and thought leadership on community matters by Wilder staff, volunteers, supporters and partners


The Body Keeps Score: Early Childhood Trauma

by Gael Thompson
It was almost always scary when Lucy’s daddy came to visit her mama. But when his eyes were red and he smelled funny and talked loud, that’s when there was real trouble. Sometimes he hit mama or… Read more »

Early Lessons from Community Engagement Evaluation

Wilder Research is providing evaluation support to the Corridors of Opportunity (CoO), a three-year regional collaboration based on two major federal grants. The CoO seeks to advance the vision and… Read more »

All Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers have the distinction of being the most racially and ethnically diverse Minnesotans. Children of color now make up about 30 percent of the 420,000 children… Read more »

The Chosen Ones

As a kid, I loved the first day of school. The evening before, on that bittersweet last night of summer, the nerves, excitement, and sense of possibility were overwhelming. The preparation rituals… Read more »

Homes for All: Partnerships Pay Off

At the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, we often say that advocacy is a team sport. This past legislative session, housing and homeless advocates worked together on a bold Homes for All campaign… Read more »

Celebrating the "What is a Caregiver" Campaign

On June 25, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation hosted a celebration thanking community organizations and members for their part in making the What is a Caregiver campaign a successful one. Wilder's… Read more »

Volunteer Impact: In Her Own Words

My role as a volunteer in the Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) is to be a welcoming companion to the youth in the waiting area. We play, read, talk and listen to kids as they wait for their appointments.… Read more »

Wilder Conversations: Children's Mental Health

​Thank you to everyone who attended our very first Wilder Conversations event last night. This very moving presentation illuminated many of the challenges faced by low-income children in Saint Paul—… Read more »