Health Notes: Help ahead for rural Northland families with children with disabilities
Parents in rural areas of the Northland whose preschool-age children have disabilities will get extra support through a pilot program that begins July 1.
The program targets families living in the 12 area school districts served by the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, according to a news release from Carlton County Public Health and Human Services. The goal is to lessen family stress, improve access to resources and services and to help young children be successful by supporting their parents. It is funded by the Van Gordon Fund of the Miller-Dwan Foundation and the Northland Foundation, with additional support from Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, Cloquet schools and the Northern Lights cooperative.
The program will employ a parent support mentor to help bridge gaps to needed services. The mentor will be a parent of a child with special needs who is also a skilled and licensed parent educator. Applications for the mentor position, which is part time, are being accepted until May 25. For more information, contact Jim Kneeland at (218) 878-3283 or Cathy Tryggestad at (218) 879-1283.
The school districts in the Northern Lights cooperative are Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Cromwell-Wright, Esko, Hermantown, Lake Superior, McGregor, Moose Lake, Proctor, Willow River and Wrenshall.