S.M.A.R.T. Steps: Providing Readiness
How do we best prepare our children for future success?
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.
With input from the providers, S.M.A.R.T. activities have been specifically tailored to their needs. And the first 18 providers we’ve trained love it! The plan is to take the program statewide in the near future...Continue reading
Calming Your Mind: De-Stress with Brain Training
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!
Advanced-Brain Summer Program Preview
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
Advanced-Brain Summer Intensive
Includes 20 in-clinic Neurofeedback sessions with assessments at each session, as well as your own AVE unit. For intensive pricing and questions, call (612) 789-1236 or email email@example.com.
2022 S.M.A.R.T. workshop Dates are Here!
Boost your students’ learning readiness skills and prepare them to become life-long learners with our amazing S.M.A.R.T. program! Our 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!
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!
Save the Date! Race for the Children Returns!
Get Your Eyes and Ears Checked!
Contract School-Based Services
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.
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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.
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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.
Boost-Up Plus is a 3-week multisensory summer camp for children ages 5-11 that focuses on stimulating physical and cognitive development through fun and challenging gross motor, fine motor, vision and auditory activities. Incorporating elements of A Chance To Grow’s S.M.A.R.T. approach, the program is able to influence a child’s ability to learn, think and remember, ultimately giving them the confidence they need to achieve success in and out of the classroom.
“It’s a holistic approach to help children reach their full potential,” says Patrick Dreher, a Developmental Adaptive Physical Education Teacher in the Robbinsdale district and instructor of the Boost-Up Plus program. “We work on building automatic responses in the brain, like balance, hand-eye coordination and cross-lateral skills through our ever-changing course of activities. As these abilities become more automatic, students are more likely to absorb and retain the information being taught in the classroom, because they are more prepared to learn.”
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S.M.A.R.T. Boost-Up Plus Summer 2020
Now Accepting Inquiries! Click the button to get started!
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S.M.A.R.T. Boost-Up Plus
Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 10
Ages: 7-11 (9:30 am - 12 pm)
Ages: 5-6 (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)
If you are interested in having your child attend this program, please call our Clinic Services at (612) 440-0047 or fill out and submit an inquiry form online. A staff member will contact you for complete intake information.
Social Motor Works is a 3-week summer camp (14 days total) for children ages 5-11 that addresses concerns related to social skills, executive functioning, motor skills and reflexes, reading environmental cues, problem solving and time management. This program provides participants with tools to use in a variety of social situations as well as ways to manage one’s resources to achieve a goal. Participants will work in small groups led by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. > Click here to learn more about the program!
Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 10
Ages 7-11 (12:30 pm - 1:15 pm)
Ages 5-6 (1:30 pm - 2:15 pm)
We request that all those interested please fill out and submit an inquiry form. A staff member will review your submission and follow up with you to discuss your child’s participation in the program.
Advanced-Brain Seminar Series
School Anxiety: Calming the Hijacked Brain
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Also learn about possible environmental causes for stress. Holistic strategies and brain-training interventions will also be discussed to help you empower your child to ovecome their fear. For more information or to register, please visit ACTG.org or contact our Director of Neurofeedback, Kelly Pittman at (612) 706-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 S.M.A.R.T. Workshops
Space is still available for several of our upcoming S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshops! Sign-up two weeks in advance of any workshop and receive a $25 discount! Click here to view full calendar of workshop dates.
Karla, from Heavenly Sunshine Preschool in Isanti, has her students Alligator Crawl under the pews in church to get their daily dose of S.M.A.R.T. time. Alligator crawling under the pews provides a physical boundary to keep them in the right form and active inside during the winter! Doing S.M.A.R.T. in a different space helps her keep her course fresh and interesting.
We’re excited to announce the date for our 30th annual Golf Classic event!
We would like to thank the Northeast Minneapolis Lions Club, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Second Harvest Heartland for helping us host our Socks for Santa and Family Fun Night events in December.
Because of their generosity, the Socks for Santa event provided 260 pairs of socks and 60 lbs. of food to NE families in need. On Family Fun Night, we were able to provide our Turnquist families with presents, meals, household items and holiday essentials. We are very grateful for the support of our partners and their commitment to supporting the health and happiness of our community.
Are you struggling to care for a loved one with special needs? If so, we invite you to consider our Home-Based Services programs, featuring personal care assistants (PCA), homemaking and respite care. ACTG’s experienced team is dedicated to helping families achieve positive outcomes by providing custom plans tailored to each situation. Even better, our services allow clients to hire a family member or a friend to serve as the PCA, so that your loved ones are cared for by someone they know. To see if you qualify, please call us at (612) 789-1236 to find the right program for your family!
Do you have a passion for helping children? Become part of a hard-working, highly dedicated team of teachers taking care of toddlers and infants in the Turnquist Childcare Enrichment Center! Working for A Chance To Grow offers competitve pay starting at $14/hour, PTO, paid holidays, medical and dental benefits. We are currently hiring for two positions:
- Toddler Assistant Teacher
- Infant Assistant Teacher
A Chance To Grow is excited to announce our Advanced-Brain Seminar series hosted by Kelly Pittman, Director of Neurotechnology at ACTG. Each seminar will explore how the brain copes with various levels of trauma and provide participants with strategies to re-train the brain to overcome these challenges. There will be ample time for questions at each seminar. Registration for each seminar is now open at ACTG.org!
Concussion: Proactive Ways to Combat Negative Effects
Thursday, November 14, 2019 -- 6:30-7:30pm
Concussions are scary because symptoms from damage may not show up until a year or more. In this seminar, you’ll discover the complexities of a concussion and what you can do to strengthen the brain holistically. Learn how brain training can help to minimize or eliminate the after affects.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 -- 6:30-8:00pm
ADHD can be a challenging diagnosis for the entire family. In this seminar, you’ll discover what is happening in the brain of a person who struggles with attention issues and how different holistic strategies can help to minimize or eliminate symptoms.
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School Anxiety: How to Calm the Highjacked Brain
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 -- 6:30-8:00pm
Take control of school anxiety and empower your child to manage their fears and calm their mind. In this seminar, you’ll learn the most common factor in all kids who struggle with school anxiety. Discover what is happening within the brain of an anxious child and learn of possible environmental causes. Holistic strategies will be discussed to help you empower your child to manage their fears and calm their mind.
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For more information, questions about registration, or if you are interested in bringing our Advanced-Brain Seminar to your organization, please contact Kelly at (612) 706-5551 or email email@example.com.
A Chance To Grow's Auditory Clinic is now offering a new online auditory intervention, called Acoustic Pioneer. This computer-based program offers multiple activities that can easily be done in the home.
The activities are designed to incrementally improve dichotic listening skills (competing information in both ears) as well as a variety of tonal listening and processing skills. If you or a loved one are struggling with auditory processing issues, we invite you to schedule an evaluation with our Auditory Clinic to discover the right intervention for you! To request an evaluation, please call us at (612) 789-1236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is still available for several of our upcoming S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshops!
If you sign-up two weeks in advance of any workshop, you will recieve a $25 discount! Register now at ACTG.org/workshops and be sure to subscribe to our S.M.A.R.T. newsletter for helpful
tips to implement the program in any setting!
Are you struggling to care for a loved one with special needs? If so, we invite you to consider our Home-Based Services, featuring personal care assistants (PCA), homemaking and respite care. ACTG’s experienced team is dedicated to helping families acheive positive outcomes by providing custom plans tailored to each situation. Additionally, our services allow clients to hire a family member or a friend to serve as the PCA. To see if you qualify, please contact us by calling (612) 789-1236, or visit ACTG.org to find the right program for your family!
Boost-Up Plus - Winter Session
ACTG’s popular intensive program returns from January 14, 2020 - April 14, 2020! Open to children ages 7-12, this multi-sensory course gives children the school readiness skills they need. This program, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, it incorporates the S.M.A.R.T. approach, motor work and other physical activities to enhance proper brain development, which influences a person’s ability to learn, think and remember.
The program will be led an experienced
S.M.A.R.T. trained educator, Patrick Dreher, MS, special ed. and adapted physical education teacher. Participants will receive a total of 40.5 hours of S.M.A.R.T.
Thank you to everyone who came out this summer to support ACTG at our 29th annual Golf Tournament and Race for the Children events! With your support, we raised more than $63,000 combined at both of our fundraising events!
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Ames Construction, Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc., Messinger & Ojile Pllp, Guzior Armbrecht Maher Law, Clifton Larson Allen, Watson Forsberg, Northeast Bank, The Wilds Golf Club, Canterbury Park & National Camera Exchange! We would also like to thank all the wonderful organizations, especially the Wedum Foundation, that donated items to the raffles and silent auctions. We are very grateful for your support and hope to see you all again next year!
A Chance To Grow is now participating in Amazon Smile to generate additional support for our programs and services! We encourage you to visit smile.amazon.com and in the search box that says, “Pick your own charitable organization,” type in “A Chance To Grow”. On the next
screen, select “A Chance To Grow” located in Minneapolis, MN (second available choice) and then continue shopping!
You may also enter https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1444113 to automatically attach your purchase to ACTG’s Amazon Smile account. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to ACTG at no extra cost to you! Thanks for your support!
In celebration of Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc.’s 50 years in business in Northeast Minneapolis, Northeast Bank made a donation of $1,000 on their behalf to A Chance To Grow at a ceremony on October 10 at ACTG’s facility.
Sheet Metal Connectors has been a community partner of ACTG for more than 20 years, dating back to 1998 when SMC donated the building that ACTG currently resides in. Northeast Bank has been a proud supporter of ACTG since 1998, and has contributed more than $51,000 to ACTG over the years. Additionally, Northeast Bank has also been an annual sponsor of ACTG’s annual golf tournament.
This past month, we said goodbye to three of our longest-tenured staff members, Dr. Michelle Taylor, Dr. Janyce Moroz and Georgette Paquette. For more than 25 years, these three amazing women have operated ACTG’s Vision Clinic and helped thousands of children improve their ability to see. After many years and many clients, they are all retiring from A Chance To Grow. We are extremely grateful for their dedicated service to helping every individual reach their full potential!
As such, ACTG’s Vision Clinic will be temporaily closed until new staff can be hired and trained. ACTG is happy to provide referrals to other clinics and practitioners if you or a loved one is in need of vision services.