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Children and Families

AEOA Head Start Program

Provides a comprehensive early childhood program for low income families. Serves pregnant mothers, children birth to 5 years old, and their families. Provides services to children who may have special needs or disabilities. Offers limited opportunities for families who are over income. Works through the Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide nutritious meals and snacks.



Phone
  • 218-834-2280
  • 218-749-2912 ext. 7351

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Address
  • Norlen Industrial Park 2124 10th Street Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Amberwing

Providing chemical dependency and/or mental health services to children, teens and their families. Programs include birth to kindergarten, intensive day treatment, outpatient program for young adults, substance use disorder program and a family resource center.



Phone
  • 218-355-2100
  • 218-623-1800
  • 211 (24-hour regional crisis line)

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Address
  • 615 Pecan Avenue Duluth, MN 55811

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Arc Northland

Core services include individual advocacy for people with disabilities, system advocacy, family support and IEP advocacy, education, information and resources. Also offers FASD education, intervention and prevention programs, and parent and caregiver education workshops. Also offers sexuality/relationship/boundaries training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Extreme Parenting Group
    This group provides education and support to parents who have children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Lunch and childcare are provided.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Parenting Group
    This group provides education and support to parents who have children who have an FASD. Lunch and childcare are provided.
  • PCA Choice
    Services that help people with disabilities live independently in the community or in their family home.
  • Housing Access Services
    Assists qualifying people with disabilities in locating affordable, accessible housing.
  • People First
    Monthly self-advocacy group for adults with disabilities.



Phone
  • (218) 726-4725

Web
Address
  • Suite 500
    424 W Superior St
    Duluth, MN 55802

Email
  • (no email address available)
Arrowhead Psychological Clinic, PA

Comprehensive outpatient mental health services on a sliding fee scale for children, adolescents, and adults. Offering therapy, marriage and family counseling, psychological assessments, personality tests, IQ testing, court ordered forensic evaluations, school assessments, Rule 20 and 25 assessments, parenting psychological evaluations and anger management groups for adults and adolescents.



Phone
  • 218-723-8153

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Address
  • 715 East Central Entrance Duluth, MN 55811

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Bethany Crisis Nursery (operated through Lutheran Social Services)

Clothing Room-Offers newborn to size 7 in kids clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, hygiene products and other baby equipment (items are donated, so selection may vary) to those in need, free of charge. Call ahead to schedule a same day appointment. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4 pm.



Phone
  • 218-302-6879

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Address
  • Suite 301 1 East 1st Street Duluth, MN 55802

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Community Education

Many affordable health and wellness classes are offered through the Two Harbors and Silver Bay Community Education programs in various communities throughout Lake County.

  • Early Childhood Family Education-ECFE is a program for parents with children ages birth to pre-kindergarten five. Families participate in activities to build social, cognitive and motor skills. Parent education is provided through lively and informative discussions about everyday life as a parent. Registration is required for mixed age session. Fees are based on a sliding fee scale and can be waived if necessary. For more information: 218-226-4437 ext. 8158 or www.isd381.org
  • Early Childhood Screening-Quick and simple check of how children are doing between the ages of 3 to 4 years. It identifies, at an early stage, possible learning or health concerns so that children can get needed help before starting school. Early childhood screening is required for entrance in Minnesota’s public schools and is offered throughout the year. 218-226-4437 ext. 8158 or www.isd381.org.
  • Little Mariner and Little Agates Preschool is available for children ages 3- 5 years old. The goal in preschool is to instill a love of learning, build skills for kindergarten and to have FUN! All of our Preschool sites are Parent Aware 4 Star Rated. 218-834-8201 ext. 8230 or 218-226-4437 ext. 8137 or www.isd381.org.
  • Kids and Co. (Phone: 218-834-8221 ext. 8423) is located in the Minnehaha Elementary school, provides children 3 years old through the end of 5th grade with before, during and after school supervision and activities. Open 6am-6pm.



Phone
  • 218-834-8201 ext. 8230 Two Harbors
  • 218-226-4437 ext. 8137 Silver Bay

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Community Mediation Minnesota

Mediation is an alternative to going to court. This program connects those seeking conflict resolution services to local mediation service providers. Services are provided on a sliding fee basis and no one is turned away for an inability to pay. Mediation can help resolve conflicts between neighbors, landlords and tenants, family relationships, parenting time, workplace issues, etc.



Phone
  • 833-266-2663

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Cradle of Hope

Providing financial, educational and material assistance (including portable cribs) to women and babies in crisis that live in Minnesota. Contact parenting agency (below) to obtain an application:

  1. St. Louis County Public Health phone: (218) 725-5231
  2. Women’s Care Center phone: (218) 623-7100
  3. Birthright of Duluth phone: 218-723-1801



Phone
  • (651) 636-0637 ext 104

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Kickstart Preschool and Child Care Center

Offers infant care, toddler classes (16 to 33 months) and preschool (33 months to 5 years).



Phone
  • 218-510-0598

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Address
  • 1073 Highway 61 Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Lake County Health and Human Services

  • Health Care-Medical Assistance, Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities, Long Term Care, TEFRA, Medicare Savings Program.
  • Mental Health Services-Case Management services for children and adults.
  • Cash Assistance-Minnesota Family Investment Program, Diversionary Work Program, Minnesota Supplemental Aid, General Assistance, Housing Supports (formerly known as Group Residential Housing). Apply for Cash Assistance benefits at https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as food stamps and/or food support)-Apply for SNAP benefits at https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov.
  • Emergency Programs-Emergency Assistance and Emergency General Assistance. Apply for Emergency Assistance benefits at https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov.
  • Car Seat Installations-A certified car seat technician is available to assist you.
  • Child and Teen Check-up-Program for children on Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care. Information is available about good physical health, development and growth, hearing and vision checks and immunizations. Complete physical exams are also available at your local clinic.
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)-May be available to families who are employed, seeking employment, or are in school or training. Apply for CCAP benefits by calling our office, picking up an application or going on-line at https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov.
  • Child Protection-Workers receive reports of possible physical, emotional or sexual abuse and/or neglect and take appropriate action to provide safety for the children.
  • Child Foster Care Services-A licensed, home-like setting for children who are unable to live with their families and need placement on emergency, temporary, long-term or respite basis.
  • Children and Family Services-Voluntary services to help families stay together; provides ongoing case management with individualized plans and assistance for your family’s needs.
  • Family Based Services-Provides parent education and counseling in the family home as an alternative to an out-of-home placement or preparing for a child to return home.
  • Follow Along Program-Babies and children grow and learn at their own rate. Some children need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. This program is to help determine if this is true for your child.
  • Newborn Home Visits-Visits to a home by a public health nurse specializing in parent and child health. A visit will include weighing your baby, assessing your baby from head to toe, and providing information on sleep habits, feeding your baby, infant cues, playing with your baby, general baby care and immunizations and community resources.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)-Provides supplemental food and nutrition education to eligible pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under age 5. Please view website for more information: http://www.co.lake.mn.us/departments/health_and_human_services/women_infants_and_children_(wic).php
  • Child Support-Assistance in locating parents, establishing parentage, establishing court orders for child support, medical support, and child care support, reviewing and modifying court orders for child support, medical support and child care support, adjusting court orders based on cost-of-living, enforcing court orders, collecting and processing payments. MN Child Support Online: http://www.childsupport.dhs.state.mn.us/Action/Welcome



Phone
  • 218-834-8400 (Two Harbors office)
  • 218-226-4443 (Silver Bay office)
  • 800-450-8832

Web
Address
  • Two Harbors office:
    616 3rd Avenue
    Two Harbors, MN 55616
  • Silver Bay office:
    Silver Bay Service Center
    99 Edison Blvd.
    Silver Bay, MN 55614

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Lake Superior Life Care Center

Free pregnancy testing, baby and maternity items, free medical clinic, including ultrasounds, and safe sleep classes.

  • Earn While You Learn Program-Open to anyone willing to participate. Parents can earn points by completing one-on-one lessons and redeem those points for diapers, wipes, clothes, and many other baby items. The Life Care Center also offers parenting classes to eligible parents. They will connect you with parenting classes and other resources, including information about public assistance for medical and financial needs.
  • Medical Clinic (for those without insurance)-Free, non-emergency medical clinic that includes ultrasounds. Must make an appointment.
  • Safe Sleep Classes-Call either location for dates and times.
  • Earn While You Learn Program-Open to anyone willing to participate. Parents can earn points by completing one-on-one lessons and redeem those points for diapers, wipes, clothes, and many other baby items. The Life Care Center also offers parenting classes to eligible parents. They will connect you with parenting classes and other resources, including information about public assistance for medical and financial needs.



Phone
  • 218-727-3399 (Duluth)
  • 715-394-4102 (Superior)
  • Text: “HELPLINE” to 313131

Web
Address
  • 4931 East Superior Street Duluth, MN 55804
  • 1823 Belknap Street Superior, WI 54880

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Life House

Resource for homeless and street youth ages 14-24 offering a youth drop-in center, housing assistance, mental health and wellness programs, education and employment assistance, and sex trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation care housing and programming.

  • Chemical Health-Licensed alcohol and drug counselor provides chemical dependency support and can conduct Rule 25 and diagnostic assessments. Requires no payment or insurance for services.
  • Youth Drop-In Center-Provides hot meals, showers, lockers, laundry, basic need supplies, activities and group meetings. Call 218-722-7431 ext. 126 for more information. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3pm-7pm and Wednesday 3pm-6pm (lunch provided for ages 19-24). Dinner for ages 15-19 are Monday-Friday 3pm – 5:30pm.
  • Mental Health & Wellness-Provides daily support and on-going services to improve physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Intensive case management is used to help youth improve health while obtaining life skills, stable housing, jobs, education, parenting education, and connections to community resources. Licensed alcohol and drug counselor provides chemical dependency support and can conduct Rule 25 and diagnostic assessments.  Requires no payment or insurance for services.
  • Futures Program-Voluntary program available to all Life House youth that may have been expelled or dropped out of school, who have little to no job experience, or who want to further their education and employment skills.
  • Education-Offers online GED preparation program, assists with high school enrollment/transfer paperwork and provides tutoring. Assists with entire college process (applications, meetings, tours, supplies, tutoring).
  • Employment-Program for youth who have multiple barriers to obtaining economic self-sufficiency.
  • Legitimate Hustle Program-Program gives youth an opportunity to safely earn money while learning entrepreneurial and employment skills. Life House staff guide and mentor each LHP cohort to start and operate their own social enterprise business.

Housing

  • Life House Housing Program-Over 48 units of housing with supportive case management throughout the Duluth community.  Includes services aimed at preventing homelessness, including emergency rental assistance for eligible homeless and street youth and young families; assistance with advocacy with landlords and utility companies; and rapid re-housing with housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services.
  • Safe Harbor-Provides a continuum of care for underage victims of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Helps to connect survivors to services both within Life House and out in the community to help them heal from their traumas.
  • Sol House-House for survivors of sexual exploitation, staffed 24/7, room for six youth (ages 15-20).
  • Loft Shelter-10 bed emergency shelter for youth ages 15-19. Located at 102 W First Street, Duluth.
  • Host Homes-Program that matches young people ages 18-24 with caring and consistent adults who have a spare bedroom to offer.



Phone
  • 218-722-7431
  • Youth Safeline: 800-786-2929

Web
Address
  • 102 West First Street
    Duluth, MN 55802

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Lutheran Social Services

Housing

  • Bethany Runaway & Homeless Youth Program-Offers Bethany Crisis Shelter for youth 17 years and younger and provides access to therapy to explore issues. Referral by county social worker, court, or law enforcement.
  • Loft Shelter-10 bed emergency shelter for youth ages 15-19. Located at 102 W First Street, Duluth.
  • Host Homes-Program that matches young people ages 18-24 with caring and consistent adults who have a spare bedroom to offer.
  • Another Door Emergency Housing Program-Program for young adults age 18-24 experiencing homelessness, offers short term housing and support to develop a plan.
  • LSS Renaissance-Transitional housing (up to 18 months) for youth 16-21 years old.
  • Supportive Apartments-Offers low-income, long-term housing paired with supportive services for youth who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Center for Changing Lives-Located at 1422 East Superior Street, Duluth. Phone 218-529-2230. Offers many options to youth with regards to homelessness.

Health Care 

  • Teen Health Clinic-Offers free walk-in wellness services including health screenings for teens and young adults who are 13-24 years old. Located at The Center for Changing Lives Duluth, 1422 East Superior Street, Duluth.

Education

  • Oh No Eighteen! (ONE) Independent Living Skills-Group training and individual transition planning and services for youth 16-21 that have been in care during their teen years for at least 30 days, including foster care, residential treatment programs, group homes, and other residential care services.

Children’s Services

  • Supervised Visits-Conducts supervised visits for families referred by counties and courts, as well as providing fee-based supervised visits for families who seek them independently. Flexible scheduling at various locations throughout Duluth and surrounding area. Phone 218-391-9561 for more information or see http://www.lssmn.org/youth/duluth/supervised-visits/.
  • Bethany Crisis Nursery-Located at 1 East 1st Street, Suite 301 (phone: 218-302-6879) or see http://www.lssmn.org/crisisnursery/
  • Clothing Room-Offers baby clothes (newborn to size 7 in kids), diapers/wipes, blankets, hygiene products and other baby equipment (items are donated, so selection varies) to those in need free of charge. Call ahead to schedule a same day appointment. Open Monday through Friday 8am-4pm.
  • Child Care-Temporary, emergency care for up to three days for children infancy through 12 years. Available day and night.

Groups

  • Together for Youth-An inclusive, supportive and welcoming group for LGBTQ12S youth ages 14-20. The group meets Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm at The Center for Changing Lives Duluth, 1422 East Superior Street.

Financial

  • Working with families and individuals to solve debt and financial problems. Assists in setting up a realistic budget and payment plan to fit individual needs.



Phone
  • 218-529-2222
  • 888-577-2227 (financial line)

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Address
  • Suite 600
    424 West Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802

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Minnesota Department of Health, Housing

Find Safe Harbor shelters and housing programs across the state for sexually exploited youth.



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Minnesota Help

A web-based means of finding information about social services including education, housing, health care, jobs and money management.



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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

24-hour hotline to report seeing a missing child and to report child sexual exploitation. Non-profit corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.



Phone
  • 800-843-5678

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National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Offering specific resources for youth, disaster survivors, Native Americans, Veterans, loss survivors, LGBTQ+, attempt survivors, and deaf hard of hearing.



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  • 800-273-8255

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North Shore Collaborative

Provides prevention and early intervention services to children and families in Lake and Cook Counties.

  • Learning Opportunities Through Stories (LOTS)-Provides early literacy skills to ensure that children are ready for school.



Phone
  • 218-834-8403

Web
Address
  • 616 3rd Avenue
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email
  • Trisha.Scamehorn@co.lake.mn.us
North Shore Horizons

Offering emergency housing, transitional and supportive housing, support groups, supervised visitation, advocacy, law enforcement and medical appointment accompaniment, clothing, bedding, household items, transportation, and information and referrals. The Crisis Intervention Service provides help for individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence. 24-hour hotline for support, information and referrals.

  • The Supervised Visitation Program allows parents in high conflict or high-risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. The program is used to protect children from potentially dangerous situations while allowing parental access and providing support for the parent child relationship. The Supervised Exchange Program service allows the child to be exchanged from one parent to the other without being exposed to the conflict of the parents. Monitoring is limited to the actual exchange with the remainder of the visit occurring unsupervised.
  • Stronger Together is a support group for people who have experienced harmful relationships. Focus is on self-empowerment, healing, coping strategies, and making healthy changes. Group meets Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm at North Shore Horizons.
  • Crisis Intervention Services provides help for individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence. 24-hour hotline for support, information and referrals.

Also offers clothing, bedding and household items.



Phone
  • 218-834-5924
  • 800-834-5923 (sexual assult/domestic violence only)
  • 866-223-1111 (crisis line)

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Address
  • 127 7th Street
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Northern Lakes Food Bank

The BackPack Program-Feeds students in need on weekends and during the summer when school isn't in session. Children receive a nutritious supply of food at the end of the week.



Phone
  • 218-336-2302

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Northland Foundation

Offers Early Learning Scholarships to children under age five. The funds help families of young children pay for high-quality childcare and early education.



Phone
  • 218-723-4040
  • 800-433-4045

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Northwoods Children’s Services

Northwood Children’s Services (main campus)

Mental health services for children and adolescents and their families. Offering residential treatment (ages 5 to 17 years), intensive day treatment, child and family outpatient psychotherapy, community-based mental health services and Little Learners Enrichment Center (ages 16 months to 6 years).

Northwood Children’s Services (west campus)

Mental health services for children and adolescents and their families. Offering residential treatment and intensive residential treatment (ages 5-17 years), diagnostic and assessment services, therapeutic foster care and corporate foster care.

Northwoods Children’s Services – School Based Intensive Day Treatment

Offering intensive day treatment services to children with behavioral, emotional, and/or learning problems. Serving children five days a week during school hours to provide counseling, behavior management, and family services. Services are provided at Piedmont Elementary, Laura MacArthur Elementary, Myers-Wilkins Elementary and Lincoln Park Middle School. Children must have a clinical diagnosis.



Phone
  • 218-724-8815 (main campus)
  • 218-628-0237 (west campus)
  • 218-336-8950, ext. 2815 (day treatment)

Web
Address
  • Northwood Children’s Services (main campus)
    714 West College Street
    Duluth, MN 55811
  • Northwood Children’s Services (west campus)
    4000 West 9th Street
    Duluth, MN 55807
  • Northwoods Children’s Services – School Based Intensive Day Treatment
    Piedmont Elementary School
    2827 Chambersburg Avenue
    Duluth, MN 55811

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Parks and Recreation

Programs include, but are not limited to, softball, baseball, swimming, arts and crafts, tennis and open gym.

www.twoharborsmn.gov/

www.silverbay.com



Phone
  • 218-834-5631 (Two Harbors)
  • 218-226-4214 (Silver Bay)

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Renaissance Schools

Renaissance Schools is a high-quality educational decentralized network of childcare programs.



Phone
  • 218-260-0605

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  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church 601 4th Avenue Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email
  • rsheducation@gmail.com
Salvation Army

Collaborates with area service agencies to provide last resort financial assistance to families and individuals in need. Financial assistance available to individuals/families ONCE every 365 days (one program per 365 days).

  • Back to School Program-Backpack and basic school supplies for families that are unable to purchase them.  Applications located at AEOA-Two Harbors and Lake County Health and Human Services.  Applications available in late July/early August.
  • Christmas Toy Distribution-Applications available mid-October through mid-November at AEOA – Two Harbors and Lake County Health and Human Services.



Phone
  • 651-746-3406

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The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth.



Phone
  • 866-488-7386
  • Text “START” to 678678 (availability times may vary)

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