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
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.
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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)
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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.