Our Extended Family
A Chance To Grow is proud to be a part of Northeast Minneapolis, a vibrant community that nurtures the arts, its businesses and the vital work of nonprofit organizations that serve the neighborhood. The area’s community organizations have played a critical role in helping us meet our mission for decades. We’d like to introduce you to three of our most ardent Northeast supporters: Kiwanis Club, The Exchange Club, and the Lions Club.
These are local chapters of national organizations. In Northeast Minneapolis, these all-volunteer organizations work hard to raise money to support organizations like ours, as a way to ensure that we can meet the needs of our neighbors. Their support over the decades have given us a chance to grow. > Click here to continue reading
Introducing the Garden of Hope!
Your monthly gifts sustain our operations year-round so that we can continue to provide life-changing services to everyone who needs them. Not all our costs are covered by insurance or grants, and some families can’t afford our services. By joining The Garden of Hope, you ensure that we can be there for those who need us most. We invite you to visit our Garden of Hope webpage and explore the benefits of being a member and see how your generous gifts impacts those we serve. For questions, please contact Vicky Stein at email@example.com.
the Race for the Children
A Chance To Grow’s 32nd Running of The Race for the Children returns to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN on Sunday, August 20!
Registration is NOW OPEN and sponsorship opportunities are available! To sign-up, or for more information, visit ACTG.org/RacefortheChildren.
Thank you to our 2023 Event Sponsors!
Fall S.M.A.R.T. Workshops
S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshops are right around the corner! Don’t miss your chance to experience this amazing 3-day workshop and discover how to boost your students’ learning readiness skills through fun and engaging movement activities! Space is still available, but filling up fast! Registration is NOW OPEN!
*All workshops held at A Chance To Grow in Minneapolis unless otherwise noted. Register two weeks in advance and save $25 on your registration fee!
Can’t make a 3-day workshop?
Register for our 1-day Bridging The Gap Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2023.
If you or a loved one struggle with a lack of focus, sleep issues, emotional instability, inability to calm, or brain fog, then this intensive may be a good fit. Call (612) 789-1236 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the program!
Summer Neuro Integrative Intensives also available!
This intensive combines several interventions that collectively promote brain growth and development through purposeful movement. By establishing more efficient neurological connections between the brain and body, this intensive can improve higher-level functioning as well as physical and emotional independence. Click here to complete a program inquiry!
Jo Gascoigne - A Special Educator
We are sad to share that our dear friend and colleague, Jo Gascoigne, passed away on June 1, 2023 at the age of 91. She was a pioneer in the education field and a dedicated volunteer at A Chance To Grow.
A Chance To Grow’s late founder, Bob DeBoer, said this about Jo’s contributions: “She’s done remarkable work on behalf of special education across the country and we are so grateful she saw value in our mission and felt inclined to share her talents with us. She was a wonderful volunteer who helped build this organization in ways most people don’t know.”
We honor her memory with every child we serve. Thank you, Jo!
> Click here to read our feature story on Jo from 2019
Vision Clinic Temporarily Closed
A Chance To Grow’s Vision Clinic and OptomEYES Vision Therapy are temporarily closed and not accepting new clients. Our optometrist, Dr. Shelby May, has accepted a year-long residency at The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, a leader in vision therapy and developmental optometry. Dr. May will return July 19, 2024. We wish her luck and look forward to her return! We are still able to provide optical services to patients with a current eyeglass prescription. We have a wide selection of frames (as low as $70) and are able to accommodate children and adults enrolled in PMAP or MHCP programs. For questions or to schedule an optical visit, please contact (612) 789-1236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTG Awarded Operations Grant!
Exciting news! A Chance To Grow was recently awarded a $5,000 general operating grant from The Casey Albert T. O’Neil Foundation! Thank you so much to the Foundation, we are so grateful for your support!
The Best Kept Secret
Hadley is a shy but sweet teenager who loves her family, friends and especially her dog, Buddy. From the beginning, school hasn’t come easy to her. Her parents first noticed something was amiss in second grade when they’d try to do homework with her and she’d cry and beg not to do it. Her writing looked more like a toddler’s handwriting and she couldn’t seem to stay focused on the class material. Her parents were worried – they knew she was smart, yet she struggled in virtually every subject in school, especially reading and math. They were determined to get her the help she needed and began searching for answers. A full neurological evaluation yielded diagnoses of ADHD and Dyslexia.
> Continue reading about Hadley's journey
Summer 2023 S.M.A.R.T. Workshops!
We are excited to announce our upcoming schedule of S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop dates for this summer (and beyond) at A Chance To Grow! If you are an educator working with Pre-K - 3rd graders, this is the program for YOU! Registration is now open for all workshops.
All workshops will be held at A Chance To Grow in Minneapolis, MN unless otherwise noted. Register two weeks in advance and save $25 on your registration fee. Register today and secure your spot!
Advanced-Brain Summer Intensives
If you or a loved one struggles with a lack of focus, sleep issues, emotional instability, inability to calm, or brain fog, then this intensive may be a good fit. Call (612) 789-1236 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the program!
Vision Clinic Has a New Home!
A Chance To Grow's Vision Services have moved offices in our building, just down the hall to suite 220. The new space provides more room for vision therapy activities, optometric equipment, eyeglass frames and offices. Additionally, the new space will allow us to see even more clients! Call us to day at (612) 789-1236 to schedule an exam and come see it for yourself! Or, take a video tour with Dr. May!
MNRI Courses at ACTG Begin this Month!
A Chance To Grow is hosting two Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) courses this spring. The first course, titled Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration, runs from April 21-24, 2023 and is led by Trina Deiss. The course focuses on the importance of primary motor reflex pattern maturation. The cost for the course is $756.
Minnesota Autism Conference: April 26-28
2023 Race for the Children is Back!
Turnquist Awarded Revitalization Grant
Garden of Hope Launches July 1
A Chance To Grow is hiring!
What Makes Us So Special?
A Chance To Grow is a special place for many reasons, not the least of which is our Turnquist Child Enrichment Center, that primarily serves young families that require county assistance to receive childcare services.
Vision Clinic Accepting New Clients!
'23 S.M.A.R.T. Workshops Begin Next Month
Registration is open for all Elementary & Pre-K workshops! Our experienced instructors will help you understand how to easily implement these brain-stimulating activities in your classroom.
*All workshops will be held in Minneapolis, MN. Register two weeks in advance and save $25!
S.M.A.R.T. Steps Program Expands!
The S.M.A.R.T. Steps program - a pilot project designed to bring the S.M.A.R.T. program to Family Child Care providers - has begun its 4th cohort, with nearly 80 providers from around the state enrolled in 2023.
New Year, New Focus with Neurofeedback Brain Training
MNRI Courses Return to ACTG this Spring!
The second course, titled Proprioceptive and Cognitive Integration, runs from May 19-21, 2023, and is led by Theresa Fischer. In this course, participants explore links between the proprioceptive
and cognitive systems. Cost is $576. To learn more or register for either course, please visit www.masgutovamethod.com/events. For all other questions, please call (612) 706-5553.
“She was an essential member of our team and we will miss her greatly. The dedication and loyalty to the agency, as well as the PCA’s she managed and the families she served, has been outstanding and admirable. We know that she will excel in her new adventure and wish her all the best! Thank you, Edith!” - Erica Dickerson, ACTG Executive Director
Save the Date: 2023 Race for the Children!
28th Annual MN Autism Conference
Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc. Helps Turnquist Families!
We would also like to sincerely thank the Minnesota Department of Health, who awarded us $2,500 to purchase and install a new hydration station in our lobby, ensuring access to clean and safe water for our clients and staff.
The CranioSacral Connection
At A Chance To Grow, we know from experience that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping individuals reach their highest potential. Every client we see is unique. We are proud to be able to offer many therapeutic modalities to help our clients achieve their goals. Our therapists -- experts in auditory, vision, occupational, speech/language therapies and neurotechnology -- routinely work collaboratively to best address client needs. We believe that everything related to our health and wellness is connected, and it’s through this holistic lens that our team is able to provide the most comprehensive and individualized care for the whole person.
For example, our Neuro Integrative Clinic combines elements of reflex integration, developmental movement, and sensory processing therapies that collectively promote brain growth and social, physical, and emotional development.
To give our clients the most comprehensive care available, we continue to add therapeutic approaches. So we are delighted to announce that Jennifer Voorhees, an occupational therapist (OTR/L) who is trained in CranioSacral Therapy techniques, reflex integration and sensory processing therapies, has joined the Neuro Integrative Clinic. >> Click here to continue reading!
Introducing Mindful-Calm Brain Spa
Destress with ACTG’s newest neurofeedback program, Brain Spa! Designed specifically for adults who are looking for a relaxing atmosphere to cultivate a peaceful calm, not only within their mind, but body as well. Featuring enhanced lighting, scientifically orchestrated music with the gentle sounds of nature, aroma therapy, optional weighted blankets and more, this program promotes an all-encompassing relaxation experience! To learn more or to register, contact us at email@example.com or call (612) 789-1236.
Space Available for Last S.M.A.R.T. Workshops of 2022!
The final S.M.A.R.T. Workshops of 2022 are approaching! Learn about a developing brain and how S.M.A.R.T.’s movement-based activities will ENERGIZE your student’s learning readiness. Don’t miss your chance to experience this transformational workshop. Registration is open for all our upcoming Elementary & Pre-K workshops! Our experienced instructors will help you understand how to easily implement these brain-stimulating activities in your classroom. Register today!
New Audiology Equipment
The Audiology Clinic at A Chance To Grow recently installed new testing equipment to help us better care for our clients with hearing challenges. This includes the Equinox 2.0 Audiometer, capable of advanced clinical audiometry to measure hearing acuity, as well as the IMP440 Tympanometry machine, which evaluates the condition of the middle ear and measures acoustic reflexes and otoacoustic emissions.
“This new equipment will allow us to better assess hearing impairments, especially allowing us to obtain more objective information for diagnosis purposes,” says Dr. Sara Cook, ACTG’s Audiologist. Schedule a hearing assessment today by calling us at (612) 789-1236.
Neurofeedback Rental Units Available
Support ACTG on Give to the MAx Day!
When you give to A Chance To Grow, you ensure that individuals struggling with brain injuries, illness or inadequate development get the innovative, individualized and comprehensive therapies they need. On November 17, please visit www.givemn.org/organization/Achancetogrow/ to help our clients GROW TO THE MAX!
Thank You For Supporting ACTG's Race for the Children!
Thank you to all the attendees and sponsors of our 31st Running of the Race for the Children at Canterbury Park this past August. You helped make this one of the best events ever!
New Food Pantry for Turnquist Families
A Chance To Grow’s Turnquist Child Enrichment Center is excited to announce the opening of its new FREE Food Pantry! Open to all families, the pantry features fresh produce, non-perishables, household goods, toiletries and more. Special thanks to Second Harvest Heartland for helping to stock the pantry, and to our Turnquist staff for getting it ready for our families!
A Chance To Grow contracts its speech and occupational therapists, optometrist and audiologist to schools across Minnesota for students with IEPs. Our team supports sensory processing needs, fine motor development, language skills and much more. We provide student-centered, academic-focused, and evidence-based therapies on-site by fully licensed clinicians.
Home-Based Services: Custom Care Plans
Seeing The Invisible Problem
For as long as he can remember, Samson has had vision problems. When he was young, he was always tripping over things, misjudging distances. He was given glasses at an early age, but even with them, he had trouble seeing.
Join us for a Day at the Races!
The event will feature fun family activities and great live racing! Attendees will also receive a complimentary racing form and buffet lunch in the Longshots Party Area. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds support the programs and services of A Chance To Grow.
Space is Available for 2022 S.M.A.R.T. Summer Workshops!
Can’t make a 3-day workshop? We are holding a 1-day Bridging the Gap workshop on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. All workshops will be held at A Chance To Grow in Minneapolis, MN unless otherwise noted. Register two weeks in advance and save $25! Register today to secure your spot!
MNRI NeuroTactile Integration Course: October 29-30
A Chance To Grow will be hosting a Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration course led by Pamela Curlee on October 29-30, 2022 at its facility in NE Minneapolis.
Turnquist Child Enrichment Center Awarded Multiple Grants
The Turnquist Child Enrichment Center (TCEC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded multiple grants to support the growth and stability of the children and families who receive our services!
The Sauer Family Foundation awarded a $11,190 grant to TCEC to implement the Conscious Discipline curriculum, which creates a compassionate culture in the classroom that increases self-regulation, sense of safety, connection, empathy and intrinsic motivation in children who have experienced or are at risk for experiencing trauma. Our TCEC children are at high risk for poverty, trauma, learning difficulties and behavioral issues. Most are low-income, special needs, are in foster care and/or are children of teen parents. The Conscious Discipline approach will provide support for positive social-emotional development for these children. Grant activities include acquiring materials, training staff, and integrating the curriculum into daily activities.
Second Harvest Heartland awarded a $5,000 grant to TCEC to create a food pantry. Until now, TCEC staff has only been able to create pop-up pantries in available space with only shelf-stable items. This grant will allow TCEC to create a permanent pantry space that has refrigeration and more room, thus allowing us to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and other perishables, as well as canned and packaged items on a daily basis. The new pantry will not only provide healthy and nutritious items to our families, many of whom experience food insecurity, it will also attract new families to our center, allowing us to expand services to the NE area more broadly. The grant money will be used to buy equipment for the pantry.
“We are so grateful to the Sauer Family Foundation and Second Harvest for awarding us these grants,” says Elizabeth Ruzek, Director of Turnquist. “Theses funds will help us continue to nurture the minds and bodies of our students and their families so that all may reach their full potential.”
Advanced-Brain Summer Intensives: Neurofeedback + AVE
Advanced-Brain Wellness Program:
Are you stressed or do you find it hard to focus? Do you lie awake at night with your thoughts spinning? Are you lacking energy? If you said yes to any of these, then this program may be a perfect fit for you! Support your brain’s health and take charge of your wellness with Audio-Visual Entrainment - a holistic brain-training program that uses lights and sounds to improve your focus, energy, and calm.
Train once or twice weekly, for 3-6 weeks, in our private training rooms with a custom program that fits your schedule! You’ll be amazed at how you feel after a 30-minute session. Imagine how you’ll feel after regular training tailored to your goals. It’s one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to support a healthy brain and bring back some calm and focus into your life. Register today!
Third-Party Billing Tops $3 Million in Revenue for Minnesota Charter Schools
To date, we have served 70 charter schools and generated over $3 million in revenue for these schools which they can use to help fund special education needs. This past year alone, we assisted 46 schools and more than 1,800 eligible students. Click here to learn more about Third-Party Billing or call us at (612) 789-1236.
S.M.A.R.T. Steps: Providing Readiness
For nearly 25 years, our Minnesota Learning Resource Center has addressed this question via S.M.A.R.T. (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training), a movement-based program designed to enhance brain development in elementary-aged children.
With decades of proven results in academic settings, the S.M.A.R.T. team took the next logical step: In 2020, they launched S.M.A.R.T. Steps, a version of the program adapted for Family Child Care Providers working within their homes with newborns to five-year-olds.
“This crucial stage in a child’s development sets the foundation for a wide range of skills and learning capacities,” says Katie Hansen, Assistant Director of the program. “S.M.A.R.T. activities strengthen these foundations, like balance and coordination, eye movements, and auditory discrimination. Once these skills become automatic, a child is more equipped to sit still in a chair, read smoothly across a page, and hear differences in sounds - all essential for school readiness and academic success.”
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 6:00-700 pm
Learn how brain training can help you de-stress and break free from the noise inside of your head. Gain a better understanding of Neurofeedback and Audio-Visual Entrainment and how they can help you or a loved one who is struggling with anxious thoughts or difficulty focusing. Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a free brain-training session of their choice!
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 - 7:00pm
If you or a family member struggle with focus, anxious thoughts, aggression, memory, sleep, low mood, or impulsivity, then one of these programs is for you! Learn about our newest brain training program, the Advanced-Brain Wellness program! It's designed specifically for those who don't need an intensive but want to add a little more calm and focus to their life.
You'll also learn about the Advanced-Brain Intensive which includes both brain-training modalities so that you have support for the kids in a clinic setting and home support for the parents. There'll be plenty of time for questions, so you can choose the right summer program that meets your needs. And, just for attending, you'll receive special brain training bonuses valued at up to $400! Register Here
Feeling stressed? Trouble focusing? Are you lacking energy? If you said yes to any of these, then this program may be a perfect fit for you! Support your brain’s health and take charge of your wellness with Audio-Visual Entrainment - a holistic brain-training program that uses lights and sounds to improve your focus, energy, and calm.
Train once or twice weekly, for 3-6 weeks, in our private training rooms with a custom program that fits your schedule! You’ll be amazed at how you feel after a 30-minute session. Imagine how you’ll feel after regular training tailored to your goals. It’s one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to support a healthy brain and bring back some calm and focus into your life. Register here!
Advanced-Brain Summer Intensive
Skip the summer slide with our comprehensive summer brain-training program! Combining in-clinic Neurofeedback sessions with in-home support via Audio-Visual Entrainment, this flexible program allows you to train your brain on your schedule! If you or a loved one struggles with emotional instability, poor focus or anxious thoughts, we encourage you to visit our Summer Intensive page and submit a program inquiry form.
2022 S.M.A.R.T. workshop Dates are Here!
Save the Date! Race for the Children Returns!
A Chance To Grow is excited to announce we will be holding our 31st Running of the Race for the Children event on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Attendees will receive a complimentary racing form and buffet lunch in the Longshots Party Area, and the event will feature fun activities for the whole family and great live racing! Proceeds support ACTG’s programs and services. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Get Your Eyes and Ears Checked!
A Chance To Grow’s Vision and Audiology Clinics are here to support all of your vision and hearing needs. If you or a loved one is struggling to see or hear clearly, or you just need an annual check-up, contact us at (612) 789-1236 to schedule an exam. Our experienced clinicians provide comprehensive care plans to quickly identify and address any vision or auditory-related issue. Custom therapy programs are available as well! Visit Clinical Services to learn more or submit a scheduling request.
Contract School-Based Services
Our Clinicians Will Come To Your School!
Home-Based Services: Custom Care Plans
Now Hiring at Turnquist - Join Our Team!
Meet our partner in
the somali community
Join us for the final workshop in our Brain Training Workshop Series, AVE for Improved Relationships, and discover how brain training can support the most significant people in our lives, like our friends and families. When we move out of our stress response, we’re more equipped to express our true selves and strengthen those relationships. Learn more about Audio-Visual Entrainment and try a session for yourself at this interactive and engaging workshop! Registration is now open!
S.M.A.R.T. Elementary Workshop
February 22-24, 2022
*Early-Bird Pricing Ends February 7
Standard: $585 | *Early-Bird: $560 | Principal: $300
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop
March 1-3, 2022
*Early-Bird Pricing Ends February 14
Standard: $450 | *Early-Bird: $425 | Director: $300
S.M.A.R.T. Steps Update
The S.M.A.R.T. Steps pilot program is beginning its third cohort this month, training new family childcare providers on low-cost S.M.A.R.T. activities that promote healthy brain development in children ages 0-5. The program has been implemented in 18 childcare settings in southern Minnesota, with future plans to expand to central and northern Minnesota in the coming years. More details about future S.M.A.R.T. Steps cohorts and training opportunities will be shared soon!
Need Help Caring for a
Loved One with Special Needs?
Neurofeedback rentals available
Are you interested in improving your focus and reducing your stress, but short on time? Neurofeedback brain training may be the perfect solution! With our rental program, you can now train your brain from the comfort of your own home, on your schedule! Works great for families with multiple members that want to try brain training too, and safe for all ages! Start the new year with a calm and focused mind!
Learn more by visiting our Neurofeedback Rentals page or inquire about the program today by contacting Kelly Pittman, Director of Neurotechnology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to vision clinic - RightEYE
In Memory of Jon Gudding
Now Hiring - Join our team!
*Includes $500 Sign-on Bonus!
- FT Preschool Assistant Teacher* (Turnquist Child Enrichment Center)
- FT Toddler Teacher* (Turnquist Child Enrichment Center)
- FT Infant Assistant Teacher* (Turnquist Child Enrichment Center)
- PT Infant Assistant Teacher* (Turnquist Child Enrichment Center)
- PT Speech-Language Pathologist (School-Based)
- PT/FT Speech-Language Pathologist (Outpatient Clinic)
Thank you for supporting ACTG's holiday gift auction
A Living, Breathing Miracle
When Sharon was pregnant with Rachel, 26 years ago, they were in a very bad car accident. “Somebody crossed the center line and took us out,” remembers Sharon. “We were never really sure if that had anything to do with anything,” but it was clear from birth that there were problems.
> Continue reading Sharon and Rachel's story and hear her advice for parents
for the Whole Family
Registration Now Open!
Join the S.M.A.R.T. Steps Team
This new program will provide children ages 0-5 years with fun, play-like activities that promote natural, healthy brain development, making them ready to succeed in school. The activities are designed to be low-cost and easy to implement in any setting.
We are seeking providers in Blue Earth, Brown and Dodge counties in southern Minnesota. Participants will receive virtual training, mentoring and equipment free of charge. If you or someone you know who provides child care services is interested, we invite you to visit our S.M.A.R.T. Steps page and submit the form to see if you may qualify.
Need Help Caring for a Loved
One with Special Needs?
Turnquist is Hiring!
Give to the Max Day 2021
is Thursday, November 18
2021 HOLIDAY GIFT AUCTION
OPENS: NOVEMBER 26, 2021 AT 12:15 AM | CLOSES: DECEMBER 5, 2021 AT 11:45 PM
ACTG's Holiday Gift Auction has something for everyone! Skip the mall and bid on great items for work, home and play! Free shipping and delivery by Tuesday, December 14. Proceeds support the programs and services of A Chance To Grow!
Thanks For supporting
ACTG at the Race for the Children!
We would also like to congratulate Mr. Pat Fagerlee (right), the big winner for our 50/50 Raffle! Pat won $3,020, and ACTG raised the same amount for its programs and services. Pictured alongside Pat is our # 1 ticket seller, Al Morelli! Thanks to Al and Pat, and everyone that bought or sold tickets this summer.
If you would like to learn more information about ACTG’s events, including details on sponsorship and partner opportunities, we invite you to visit our events page.
A Family Affair
Linda’s second son, Matthew, born in 1988, began having issues with focus and hyperactivity as a toddler. By the time he was in kindergarten, the impact was obvious: “He was so overwhelmed with everything that was going on,” remembers Linda, “he would just laugh and laugh, he didn’t know what to do. He would go full force and conk out.” He was so disruptive to the class, he spent half the day in the hallway on a chair because they didn’t know what to do with him.
By the time he was six, his pediatrician had diagnosed him with ADHD and had put him on Ritalin. “It wasn’t doing anything, so they just wanted to keep upping and upping the dosage,” recalls Linda, “so he developed a tic, eye blinking, and I said, ‘no, we’re not doing this.’ The saving point came when I saw a flyer advertising the Boost Up Program.”
> Continue Reading Linda's Story
Save the Date for ACTG’s
30th Running of the Race for the Children!
Proceeds from the event support ACTG’s essential programs and services. Please click here to register. Sponsorship opportunities are also available!
Current Jackpot Total: $2,035!
Learn and Train Workshop
Are you interested in learning about Neurofeedback, maybe even try a session? Curious about how to use Neurofeedback at home? If this is you, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, July 21 at 1:00 pm at ACTG for an opportunity to learn and experience what Neurofeedback is all about! Participants will be able to hook up to a Neurofeedback system and participate in a full-length brain-training session!
For more details about the workshop, contact our Director of Neurotechnology, Kelly Pittman, at email@example.com.
Registration Now Open for
2021-22 S.M.A.R.T. Workshops!
All workshops will be held at A Chance To Grow in Minneapolis, MN. Register two weeks in advance and save $25!
Eyes and Ears Check!
- Quick appointments with minimal wait times
- Exams and assessments for the whole family
- Integrated services with additional interventions available
- Referrals and recommendations for continued treatment
- Most insurance plans are accepted
Hiring Personal Care Assistants
Sauer Family Foundation
Awards Turnquist $12,000
The Northland Foundation
Supports S.M.A.R.T. in Northern MN
Different ways of knowing,
Different ways of growing
Michelle Schutt first brought her son Scott, who has serious developmental delays, to Boost-Up when he was 11 years old. Doctors had been unable to tell her what was causing his delays, and their prognosis for him was bleak. She heard about Boost-Up from a friend. “I’m the kind of parent who thinks ‘okay, he is what he is’ but if I can find something to help him that’s not intrusive, okay.” While Scott participated in the program, she availed herself of the resources in our Kretsch Library, named for a family whose son had serious head injuries and who devoted their lives to finding research that could help him. Her reading showed Michelle that there were alternatives to the Special Education teachers who she felt were “not helpful” for her son. “My understanding is that they don’t have much training in brain-based approaches.” After observing its benefits, she became a Boost-Up teacher.
>> Continue Reading Michelle's Story
Now Accepting Most Insurances
S.M.A.R.T. & S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop Dates Registration Now Open!
experienced instructors will help you understand how to easily implement these brain-stimulating activities in your classroom. If you are an educator working with Pre-K - 3rd graders, this program is for YOU! Register today!
All workshops will be held at A Chance To Grow in Minneapolis, MN. Register two weeks in advance and save $25! S.M.A.R.T. Workshops are following all the safety guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Training room is set for social distancing so space is limited. Register today to ensure your spot!
SMART Steps for
Family Child Care Providers
We are excited to introduce S.M.A.R.T. Steps - a pilot project designed to bring the S.M.A.R.T. program to Family Child Care providers. This new program will provide children ages 0-5 years with fun, play-like activities that promote natural, healthy brain development, making them ready to succeed in school. The activities are designed to be low-cost and easy to implement in any setting.
April is OT (And SLP)
Save the Date for ACTG's 30th Annual
Race for the Children!
Registration is now open!
To register, as well as read additional details on sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
*Notice: The date of this event is dependent on COVID restrictions at Canterbury Park, which are subject to change. ACTG will communicate instructions should the date or availability of the event change.
Space Available in our child care
Schedule a Tour Today!
The Turnquist Child Enrichment Center currently has space in our infant and preschool rooms.
Turnquist is an NAEYC-accredited and 4-star Parent Aware certified daycare center for children ages 6-weeks-old to Kindergarten age. Our dedicated staff provides a nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional & cognitive development of each child.
If you or someone you know is seeking child care, we invite you to call (612) 789-1236 to schedule a tour of our facility and see if Turnquist is a good fit for your family!
May 1-11 at GiveMN.org
Each gift you make during SpringForwardMN provides ACTG with a chance to have a bonus grant added to your gift! If they randomly select your donation, ACTG could receive additional funding from a $50,000 grant pool! Please visit GiveMN.org between May 1-11 to make a donation to A Chance To Grow and help us continue providing life-changing programs and services to children and families in need. Thank you!