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 http://mn.bridgetobenefits.org/Home2
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 http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/cyshn/index.cfm
Crisis Resource Center of Steele County
Provides support and confidential services to individuals affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence
125 West Front Street, Owatonna
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. owatonnacommunityed.org/page/2458 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
Owatonna Public Schools- Early Childhood Special Education – Provided by Owatonna School District
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
Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality rating and Improvement System, offers tools and resources to help: families find quality child care and early education, programs improve their practices, and children benefit from care and education that will prepare them for school and life.
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 Public Health
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.