All about Youth!

All about Youth!

This page provides links and information to provide a One-Stop Youth Connection to help you become aware and familiar with the resources that are available to parents and youth throughout the area.  The links below will take you to the website or Facebook page for the organizations that we know provide services for our youth in the MNbump!

Find Childcare LINK – click here 

Various Resources are listed below:

New 2022!  Big Stone County Child Care Provider Grant program

The City of Ortonville is currently going through the Rural Child Care Innovation Program with First Children’s Finance – LINK to more information  


Childcare Provider Trainings 2022:  

Training:  September 26, 2022 – at the Ortonville School, 200 Trojan Drive
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – CARS

Childcare Provider Training 2022:  Thank you to Tristin Altmann of Milestones who is organizing a Super Saturday Event across their region to bring required Provider training out to local communities!  These are in-person training events.  Big Stone County’s Event has been scheduled (see below) – we will post their full schedule so that if you cannot make Big Stone County’s there may be another close by that fits your schedule better.

Event:  Saturday, November 12, 2022 – at the Ortonville School
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. SUIDS/AHT
10:15 to 12:15 p.m. Active Supervision: out-of-home safety issues
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Social and Emotional Development


Child Care Economic Development Grants – (LINK for Info) The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), through its Economic Development Division, is awarding grants to be used to implement solutions to reduce the child care shortage in the state…. The second round of funding for SFY 2023 funds will be made available through an RFP issued after June 2022.

First Children’s Finance Facility Revitalization Grants https://www.firstchildrensfinance.org/for-businesses/grants/

First Children’s Finance is pleased to announce our new Child Care Facility Revitalization Grants program, made possible by funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Facility revitalization grants can be used by Minnesota child care centers, family child care providers, certified child care centers, and legal unlicensed providers registered with CCAP to address facility improvements and related equipment.

The grant program will operate for the next two years, with applications accepted every three months between Spring 2022 and Spring 2024.  The next Grant Round opens on August 8, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.  and closes on August 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m

Daycare Loan Program – CORE, Southwest Initiative Foundation
Loans and online resources – First Children’s Finance
Document:  First Considerations in starting a family child care business (link to MN Deed Website)

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School 
Ortonville School

Bonanza Education Center – The Bonanza Education Center offers so many outdoor learning opportunities for children and adults.  Check out their Facebook page on this Link.

Big Stone County 4-H (Link – UofM Extension)–  BSC 4-H Facebook Page – under the Minnesota 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension umbrella, offers age-appropriate, hands-on learning via short-and long-term projects and activities, including:
◾4-H clubs
◾Special-interest groups
◾After-school programs
◾Volunteering
◾Civic engagement
◾Community service
◾Camping
◾School enrichment

In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique, learn-by-doing model teaches kids essential, transferable skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

Whether youth are building rockets, raising dairy cows, or writing musical plays, 4-H gives them the skills they need to succeed in life.

For more information on the 4-H program in Big Stone County, contact Suzanne Souza, 4-H Program Coordinator at 320-839-6380

Trojan Take Out (link!) – for those within the Ortonville School District
Bags of nutritious and easy-to-prepare meals and snacks for children to take home over the weekends and extended breaks.  Free of charge and with no income limitations