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Mission:

“To deliver comprehensive wrap-around services to children and their families while evaluating the long-term impact of the investment.”


The goal of Invest Early is to partner with families and early childhood programs to provide the best possible start for all children.  With locations in the Deer River, Grand Rapids, Greenway, and Nashwauk-Keewatin school districts, our core services include infant/toddler classrooms, preschool classrooms, parent education, and health services.

Our Early Childhood education classes provide:

  • Licensed instructors and child care providers
  • A safe, stimulating learning environment
  • A chance to play, have fun, and learn from hands-on activities
  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • An individual learning plan for your child

Families can choose from a menu of additional services based on needs or interest.  These services include:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Transportation
  • Extended day childcare available 5 days/week for 12 months/year
  • Family Development
  • Mental Health Support

About Invest Early

Invest Early is a collaborative between four Itasca area school districts, Kootasca Head Start, Itasca County Human Services/Public Health, Mayville State University, and Itasca Community College. The Blandin Foundation has made a financial commitment to support this innovative and promising Early Childhood initiative.  Learn more here.

Invest Early works in partnership with Itasca Community College and Mayville State University to help all who are interested in working in early childhood pursue a career ladder of training that will result in Early Childhood teacher licensure.  Learn more Here