List of Helpful Resources for Steele County and Others From Around the Globe


Advocates for Developmental Disabilities                                                                


Provides respite care/special sitters, support, advocacy, service to children with developmental disabilities, provides speakers.

1225 Lincoln Avenue South, Owatonna, MN, 55060



Associates of Psychiatry and Psychology  -  Mental Health Services                                                    

507- 455-0992

Provides counseling for individual, family, and child counseling for victims of abuse.  Treatment of ADD and ADHD Children.

120 Landmark Drive NE, Suite 1, Owatonna



Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota                                          

(507) 451-5922 

Matches a child age 3-14, usually from a one parent unit with responsible adult who will spend time with the child.

545 Dunnell Drive, Owatonna



Bridge to Benefits

Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits



Children and Youth with Special Health Needs                  

(651)201–3650 or (800)728–5420

Medical evaluations, treatment, and equipment costs to those with handicapped conditions.            

PO Box 64882, St. Paul



Children’s Remedial Fund                                                                                    

(507) 444-8804

A United Way Program to help with medical, dental and clothing costs not covered by other services.

325 Meadow Lane, Owatonna


Crisis Resource Center of Steele County

(507) 451-1202

Provides support and confidential services to individuals affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence

125 West Front Street, Owatonna


Owatonna Community Education


Provides assistance to individuals/families through “lifelong learning, service, and leadership development”.

122 East Mckinley, Owatonna Mn



Early Childhood Screening - Provided by the Owatonna School District


Minnesota State Law requires that all preschoolers be screened once prior to entering public and some private kindergartens.


Specialists observe your child performing a variety of tasks to screen communications, cognitive or thinking skills, and fine and gross motor development.


Screening also includes checks on hearing, vision, height and weight, a developmental history review, an immunization review, and a social/emotional screening worksheet for parents to fill out based on their child's behavior. Early Childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development. Early Childhood Developmental Screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. First Step developmental screening results are interpreted according to your child's chronological age. Just a reminder - there is no pass or fail!


Let's Smile, Inc.  


Serves children that do not have private dental insurance by connecting with schools, preschools, daycares, and Head Start programs.

Let's Smile, Inc. serves children that do not have private dental insurance by connecting with schools, preschools, daycares, and Head Start programs. Its goals are to promote and educate how your dental health affects your overall health. We strive to prevent oral diseases with hands-on oral hygiene instructions by plaque removal with disclosing solution, a toothbrush, and floss that the children can then take home. Fluoride treatments are also applied to strengthen the enamel of the teeth. Let's Smile identifies risk factors through a basic screening that checks for untreated decay, need for sealants, and oral cancer screenings.  It also works as a liaison for referrals to general dentists or specialists



NAEYC for Families

(202) 232-8777 or (800) 424-2460

NAEYC is focused on improving the well-being of young children, with particular emphasis on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth through age



Owatonna Clinic                                                                                                      

(507) 451-1120

Primary and specialty medical care.

2200 26th Street NW, Owatonna



Owatonna Park and Recreation                                                                            

(507) 444-4321

540 West Hills Circle, Owatonna



Owatonna Public Library                                                                                      

(507) 444-2460

105 North Elm Avenue, Owatonna



Owatonna Public Schools                                                                                        

(507) 444-8600

515 West Bridge Street, Owatonna



Owatonna Public Schools- Early Childhood Special Education - Provided by Owatonna School District                          

(507) 444-7800

115 East Rose Street, Owatonna


We provide educational and other support services to students with specific needs who qualify such as individuals in need of speech therapy, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) for children with special needs birth to five years old and their families, deaf and hard of hearing individuals, blind and vision impaired individuals, and individuals requiring occupational therapy



South Central Human Relations Center  -  Mental Health Services

(507) 451-2630 or (800) 722-0590      Individual and family counseling

610 Florence Avenue, Owatonna



SEMCAC of Steele County                                                                                    

(507) 451-7134

Provides assistance programs for individuals of low income

545 Dunnell Drive, Owatonna



Steele County Clothesline

(507) 451-2550

Provides free of charge clothing.

155 Oakdale Street, Suite B, Owatonna



Steele County Food Shelf                                                                                        

(507) 455-2991

Emergency food products.

155 Oakdale Street, Owatonna



Steele County Human Services                                                                              

(507) 444-7500

Assistance for families who need child care assistance

630 Florence Avenue, Owatonna


Steel County Health And Human Services-

ApplyMN  ApplyMN is Minnesota's secure, online system you can use to apply for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs.   To get started, visit Minnesota Human Services Online to use an online pre-screening tool to find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password.   If you already have a user ID and password, you can log-on to ApplyMN directly.


CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE  There are four different programs that can pay for child care assistance.  They are Basic Sliding Fee, MFIP Child Care, Transition Child Care and At-Home-Infant Care.  To receive Child Care Assistance, you must apply through your local Social Service Department.  You may be eligible for child care if your income is at or below 75% of the State’s median income and you are in need of child care services in order to secure employment, retain employment or to obtain training or education necessary to secure employment.  You may also be eligible for child care assistance, if you are receiving a cash grant (MFIP).




MINNESOTA FAMILY INVESTMENT PROGRAM (MFIP) MFIP is a monthly cash and food support program.  It is for families with dependent children and some pregnant women.  MFIP is time limited.  Most parents with minor children will only receive help for a total of sixty months (5 years).  Because MFIP expects, supports and rewards work; parents must meet work rule requirements or the grants will be reduced.


GENERAL ASSISTANCE (GA)  GA is a monthly cash payment that clients use for clothes, food, housing and other basic needs.  GA is for people who have little or no income and they are not able to receive help from other state or federal programs.  GA is for adults between 18 and 65, they have no children under 18 in the household, they are not disabled, but they cannot work.  Medical verification is needed for applicants.


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (EA) & EMERGENCY GENERAL ASSISTANCE (EGA)  EA and EGA are short-term help for people who need money for a crisis, such as a utility shut off, an eviction or major problem that has occurred.  EA is for families with children in the home under age 21.  EGA is for adults without children in the household.


FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM   Food Support assistance is available to low income families or single adults who meet income and asset requirements.  Food Support can be used like money to buy food.  If you qualify there are rules that affect how much you can receive.


Steele County Law Enforcement                                                                            

(507) 444-3800

204 East Pearl Street, Owatonna



Steele County Public Health                                                                                    

(507) 444-7650

Maternal Child Health Project, Handicapped, Chronically, Ill Children.  In-home care for children with special needs.

635 Florence Avenue, Owatonna



The WIC Program:


•Is a Nutrition and Breastfeeding program

• Helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well,

   learn about nutrition, and stay healthy.

•  Provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health

    and other social services.


The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.