The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to the 1,600 agencies that provide Head Start services in communities across the country. OHS also provides federal policy direction and a training and technical assistance (TTA) system to help grantees in providing comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families.
Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children age birth to 5 and their families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being.
The Head Start program serves about 1 million children and pregnant women in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout America. Head Start services are provided in centers, family child care homes, or in the family’s own home.
Currently, OHS is prioritizing four key mission areas: advancing equity, supporting programs’ pandemic response and recovery, investing in the workforce, and reaching more children and families.
Community Mental Health Center:
Provide psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children as well as Psychological evaluations. Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Service (ARMHS), Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS) and Care Coordinators to assist with intakes
Substance Use Disorder (SUD):
Individual and group outpatient services for youth and adults; including Comprehensive Assessments.
Foster Care and Adoption:
Supporting adoptive parents with the matching process through finalization of a special needs child. Professional foster care for youth ages 0-21- and 24-hour case management services. Families must meet MN DHS requirements to become a licensed provider.
Therapeutic transitional living program, providing support to adolescent girls who have been sexually exploited and/or trafficked. Serves girls ages 16-21. Programming is client-centered approach and trauma-informed care model. Residents receive services tailored to their individual needs and treatment goals. Contact: Colbi Ikola @ 218-820-0121
Transitional living program for girls ages 16-21. This home offers supportive and structured living environment with a focus on building the skills and competencies necessary for a successful transition into young adulthood. Programming is individualized and based upon client-identified goals and areas of need. Contact: Colbi Ikola @ 218-820-0121
Kinship Partners is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization serving families within Crow Wing county, southern Cass county and Staples/Motley area of Minnesota by providing positive role models to youth in our communities. We partner with local businesses and school districts to provide an impactful smaller-scale mentoring option through our school-based Lunch Buddies program, and we rely on committed individuals, couples and families to be our volunteer mentors for our more robust community-based mentoring program, the foundation of Kinship Partners. Regardless of which program our volunteers and kids participate in, they experience the power of strong, caring relationships.
An interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota, Help Me Grow partners with organizations and agencies statewide. Help Me Grow has many resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals. These resources include information on developmental milestones, YouTube videos, caregiver strategies to support development, screening and evaluation, and how to talk about developmental concerns.
PACER Helps in Many Ways
Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.
PACER is for:
- Families and their children or young adults with disabilities or special health care needs from birth through adulthood.
- Educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disabilities.
- Parents of all children and schools working together to encourage family involvement in education .
Our mission to change the course of children’s lives by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health is woven into everything we do. Our goal is to help youth and families achieve and maintain safety, permanency, and well-being. We provide a continuum of services to help youth and families recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate to live happier, healthier lives.
Nexus-Kindred Family Healing provides:
Foster Care: for youth with unique needs, ages birth through 21, who can benefit from support with a family setting. Individualized support plans for youth. Careful assessment of youths’ needs to match with a qualified foster home. Assessment of youth’s needs and strengths using the CANS assessment tool- Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths. Special care for youth with complex medical conditions that might otherwise require hospitalization or institutional care. Support services to youth ages 14 and older who are transitioning to independent living.
Adoption Services: Nexus-Kindred Family Healing is designated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to license adoptive homes and place youth who are under state or tribal guardianship for the purpose of adoption. Services provided free of charge include: Adoption Training and Education, Adoption Home Studies and Updates, Relative Adoption Services, Child-specific Recruitment, Child Placement Services, and Post-Adoption Services.
The mission of the Oshki Manidoo “New Spirit” Center is to be a healing place with a holistic approach for Native American youth and non-Native American Youth to begin to embrace healthy behaviors and attitudes that will transform them, their families and communities.
Program emphasis includes substance use disorder, cultural foundations, physical wellness and strengthening family connections.
Youth will return to their community following successful discharge with a new outlook, understanding their importance as an integral part of the larger community, chemical free and able to sustain sobriety and continue their journey toward healthy living.
Operated by the White Earth Tribal Council
All Club activities support youth development in at least one of three key program areas:
- Academic success to help youth achieve academic goals, stay in school, explore career interests, learn new skills and consider post-secondary education options.
…Project Learn engages Club members in tutoring, homework help, service projects and fun learning activities.
…Power Hour, ages 6-18, time set aside for working on homework, every day after school.
…Tutoring, ages 6-18, trained tutors work with Club members in specific subject areas.
….Bemidji Area Reading Canines, ages 6-12, read aloud to a specially trained dog to help youth build confidence in their reading skills.
….Technology Lab, ages 6-18, builds digital literacy by teaching kids how to use basic software and be safe online.
….Career Launch, ages 14-18, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.
….Money Matters, ages 6-18, builds basic personal money management skills, including budgeting, saving and investing.
….National Fine Arts, ages 6-18, encourages artistic expression through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, collage, mixed media and sculpture.
2. Healthy lifestyles to help youth engage in positive behaviors that nurture well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults, including daily physical activity, healthy food choices and an appreciation for the outdoors.
….Triple Play activities promote a healthy mind, body and soul.
….Healthy Habits, ages 6-18, incorporates healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience with an emphasis on good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
….Club greenhouse, ages 6-18, on-site greenhouse engages youth in gardening, including cultivation and harvesting, planning healthful meals and snacks and selling fresh produce to area businesses and the Bemidji School District.
….Laketrails, ages 12-18, introduces up to 15 Club members to the wilderness with an eight-day canoeing adventure on Lake of the Woods.
….Goals for Growth, ages 6-12, builds skills needed to set and achieve goals and maintain motivation.
….SMART Moves, ages 6-18, helps youth resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and avoid premature sexual activity.
….Leadership Club, ages 12-18, engages Club members in leadership within the Club. Participants assist Club staff in the gym, game room and kitchen and volunteer within the Club and the community.
3. Character and leadership to empower youth to become engaged in the Club and the community, sustain meaningful relationships, respect one another and participate in the democratic process.
….Torch Club, ages 11-13, a small-group leadership and service club that focuses on service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Clubs can compete nationally for service awards.
….Keystone Club, ages 13-18, provides teens an opportunity to gain leadership and service experience as they conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.
….Youth of the Year, ages 14-18, to recognize a teen Club member who exemplifies excellence in service to the Club, commitment to community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals and public speaking.
….Youth for Unity, ages 6-18, promotes and celebrates diversity while combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Youth of all ages learn to appreciate themselves as unique and special individuals, understand diversity in society, recognize bias and unfairness and take personal leadership confronting bias.
….Year of Service Initiative, ages 6-18, focuses on a variety of events that provide opportunities for youth to engage as volunteers in the community or at the Club.
We are 2.7 million strong – 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe that when girls are given the opportunity they can change the world.
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BI-CAP Bemidji Location: 6601 Bemidji Avenue North Bemidji MN 56601
Telephone: 218-751-4631 or 1-800-332-7161
BI-CAP Walker Location: 8245 Industrial Park Road NW Walker MN 56484
Mailing address: PO Box 995 Walker MN 56484
Telephone: 218-547-3438 or 1-800-332-7135
Supportive Housing Program: Rental Assistance, Family Homeless Prevention, Transitional Housing, Housing Locator Program, Emergency Solutions Housing, HUD Scattered Site Housing, Long Term Homeless Rental Assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing.
Weatherization: A variety of options that work to improve the energy efficiency and safety of existing housing.
Energy Assistance: Financial assistance to help pay a portion of home energy and heating bills; income eligibility guidelines apply.
Energy Crisis Program: Financial response to a heating emergency
Energy Related Repair: for homeowners experiencing a life threatening no-heat emergency.
Youth Build: An educational program for ages 16-24 who have left the traditional school system. Providing an opportunity for youth to spend 32 hours per week in academics, leadership development, and construction training.
YouthBuild is located at 3023 Mill Street NE Bemidji MN 56601.
Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) : Prenatal, infant toddler, preschool and family development program providing may free services to eligible families.
BI-CAP Head Start Locations:
Bemidji: 1603 Bemidji Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601
Blackduck: 372 Summit Ave W, Blackduck, MN 56630 / 218-835-7164
Kelliher: 345 4th St NW Kelliher, MN 56650 (co-located with Kelliher schools)
Walker: 301 4th Street Walker MN 56484 (co-located with Walker schools)
Backus: 320 1st Avenue E. Backus, MN 56435
Pine River: 401 Murray Avenue Pine River, MN 56474 (co-located with Pine River schools) / 218-947-4813
Pillager: 323 East 2nd St South Pillager, MN 56473 (co-located with Pillager schools)
Evergreen Shelter Program- for youth 9-17 and their families
Open: 24/7 365 days a year
Services- Crisis Shelter, Family Support/Coaching, and Rock Sober, Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00
Street Address: 622 Mississippi Ave Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone Number: 218-751-4332
Fax Number: 218-751-3830
Evergreen Youth Services- for older teens and young adults through age 24
Open: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Services- Mental Health Counseling, Youth Drop-in Center, Street Outreach, Transitional Living, Independent Living Skills, Safe Harbor, Crime Victims Services, Housing
Street Address: 610 Patriot Dr. NW Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone Number: 218-751-8223
Fax Number: 218-751-8070
Mailing Address: Evergreen Youth & Family Services, PO Box: 662, Bemidji, MN 56619
Evergreen Youth & Family Services is community-based organization committed to strengthening youth and preserving families through building relationships with those living in northern Minnesota. Evergreen serves a variety of persons in need, including needs for safe shelter, food, coaching, counseling, healing, jobs, referrals, treatment, independent and life skills, parenting skills, and more.
79 Spencer Ave Bagley, MN 56621
Grand Rapids Office:
9 Willow Lane Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-5008 / 1-866-747-5008
Park Rapids Office:
323 Main Ave South Park Rapids, MN 56470
609 Minnesota Ave West Walker, MN 56484
Crisis Support and Advocacy– Available 24/7. Call the office number and you can leave a Non-emergent message or stay on the line to be routed to a live dispatch. Free & confidential crisis intervention.
Regional Navigator for sexually exploited and trafficked individuals
The Take A Kid Fishing Mission:
To introduce young people to the outdoors through fishing in a safe, fun, educational and mentored atmosphere. Providing the resources and opportunities so that area youth and families may experience firsthand and realize the healthy, fun and rewarding sport of fishing.
Operated by non-profit, Canvas Health, Crisis Text Line allows users to communicate with trained counselors via confidential text messaging. Counselors help people of all ages and walks of life get to an emotionally and physically safe place and then direct them to community resources that can provide longer-term support. They serve many counties and all Tribal Nations located in Minnesota. Text “MN” to 741741.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty health care systems in the world, providing specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovative care, world-class research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Each of our 22 locations specializes in one or more of our broad service lines. All care and services are provided to children up to age 18 regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Care beyond cost
We are committed to providing the best care for children in our specialty areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
We’ve treated orthopaedic conditions since the founding of our first hospital in 1922. With a large full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the United States, as well as a comprehensive team of physical, occupational, speech and other therapists, we are able to provide customized care to each child.
Since first treating burn survivors in the 1960s, we’ve pioneered some of the most significant advancements in burn care. We provide advanced care for burn injuries and related scarring, along with physical rehabilitation and emotional support.
Spinal cord injury
We were the first health care system in the country to develop spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers designed specifically for children. Our groundbreaking research has led to innovative treatment techniques, providing care that helps children lead a full, active and healthy life.
Cleft lip and palate
Our cleft lip and palate reconstruction program gives kids a reason to smile. Each treatment plan is crafted uniquely for the child by a team of experts working together to improve a child’s eating, breathing, communication, self-esteem and appearance.
Exhibits are hands-on and illustrate aspects of science. Off-site demonstrations and programs are also possible. HSC’s 7500 square foot exhibit floor features over 50 engaging and hands-on exhibits including live animals. The Science Store features unique science and nature-oriented gifts, books, and toys. Birthday parties and other celebrations can be accommodated, call for pricing and reservations.
Tots on Tuesday (ages 2 as well as older). Science Summer Camps. After School STEM.
Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities: Fee-based science programs provided by staff members upon request by schools, group leaders, family birthday events, or others. Science demonstrations and outreach programs are available upon request and cover a wide variety of topics. Please call for pricing and reservations. Go to hscbemidji.org to view demonstrations.
Field Trips to HSC: school groups, clubs and organizations, churches and community groups. Group rates apply. Transportation scholarships available for schools. Please call for pricing and reservations. Go to hscbemidji.org to view the exhibit floor and access the Transportation Scholarship Form.
Offering a variety of mental health services including services for infants, children, teen and families. Children’s Crisis, CTSS In-Home Services, School Based Interventionist, Bemidji Outpatient Services, School Based Mental Health Services, Early Childhood Mental Health Services.
Fostering communication, compassion and connection leading to respectful relationships and healthier individuals and communities.
Social Emotional Learning: Training for students and educators
ACEs Education: For educators and communities on Adverse Childhood Experiences and building resiliency
Cultural Responsiveness: Consultation and training on how to respond to a wide variety of cultural perspectives.
Mindfulness training: For students and educators
STAR (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect): Youth leadership program for 6th-7th graders conducted in conjunction with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
Residential treatment and services for 11-18 year old adjudicated youth. Referral from Law Enforcement and County Systems.
The Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center exists to provide positive intervention within the Juvenile Justice System for juveniles, family units, and communities. The Center offers legitimate attentive pathways to adulthood for juveniles through equal access to services that are least intrusive, co-educational, culturally sensitive and consistent with the highest professional standards.
Located on 80 acres of beautifully wooded land on the outskirts of Bemidji, NMJC has been serving greater Minnesota since 1973. The Center is licensed through the MN Department of Corrections and incorporates three distinct units within the building as well as community based satellite homes. The Non-Secure Detention Unit, Residential Treatment Unit, and Satellite Homes are Title IV-E eligible.