Minnesota Resources and Connections

Help Is Available 24/7

  • United Way 211: Help Starts Here. Need Help? Call 211. Trained service professionals are available 24/7, providing both understanding and expertise to connect callers with the most comprehensive database of local social services. Call the number “211” for free and confidential assistance related to: emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food and health care, insurance assistance, employment services, veteran services, childcare family services or addiction.

Mental Health Resources

Early Childhood Connections

  • Follow Along Program is a way to learn about your child’s health and development. The program is at no cost to you and provides:
    • A fun way to get ideas about “what to teach” and “at what age” to teach it.
    • A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing and acting.
    • An easy way to find out about other services you may want for your child.
  • Help Me Connect Minnesota helps pregnant and parenting families with young children birth to 8 years of age connect to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being.
  • Help Me Grow Minnesota connects families to resources that help young children ages birth to five years develop, learn and grow. Find ideas on how to support a child’s development, healthy learning, and growth. Families can seek additional support through their local school district and receive a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost. Additional services and support may be provided through Home Visiting and Early Intervention.
  • Think Small Parent Powered Texts. Receive fun facts, and easy tips each week with ideas on how you can promote your child’s learning. Research shows when parents participate in this program their children are more prepared for kindergarten. There is no cost for Think Small ParentPowered Texts. Carrier data and message rates may apply.
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is where parents and their young children (ages birth to kindergarten) come to explore, play and learn together. For registration and fee information, call your local school district program. If you are on a tight budget and unable to pay, you are still welcome to join!
  • Family Home Visiting Program is a voluntary, home-based service ideally delivered prenatally through the early years of a child’s life. It provides social, emotional, health-related and parenting support and information to families, and links them to appropriate resources. Connect with your local county public health office to talk to them about services available in your community.

Crisis Services

  • Crisis Nurseries. Parents dealing with personal stress or crises such as an illness, housing problems, divorce or separation, financial strains or other issues can benefit by contacting us for free 24/7 care for children and support for families.
    St. Cloud Area: 320-654-1090
    Wright County Area: 320-406-8606
    Crow Wing County Area Crisis Nursery: 320-654-1090
  • Call or text 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
  • Warmlines offer free, confidential peer-to-peer support for those experiencing isolation, disconnection or emotional distress. This is a caring support system, not a crisis hotline.
  • Get Help in a Crisis - Mental Health Minnesota. Search by ZIP Code or county to find your local mental health center crisis line which gives you access to crisis support and the county mobile crisis response team.