A Newsletter from Baby's Space   May, 2012 Volume 3, Issue 5

Baby's Space is a holistic, research-based approach to infant through 3rd grade education, adolescent mental health services and support for children and families residing in poverty and violence.

Dear Friends,


May is for moms and a topic equally important to children: mental health. This month is Mental Health Month. At Baby's Space and Tatanka Academy, mental health is a central focus of every month because we know that everyday experiences shape the social and emotional capacities of children.


The first few years of life are particularly critical in developing the architecture of how children form relationships, regulate emotions and learn. We can no longer claim that a baby is too young to notice adversity and will simply "outgrow" his troubles or is resilient and therefore unaffected by adult-oriented policies or out-of-date practices. Using the baby's point of view, we are working on strategies for engaging families, practitioners, communities, and policy makers in system-changing solutions to mental health promotion, diagnosis, and intervention.


May is also the month we celebrate mothers - an essential partner in their children's development of health and wellbeing. Enjoy the picture and tribute we've included of the many mothers, grandmothers and aunties we have on our team.


Best Regards,


Terrie Rose

Founder and President

What's New at Baby's Space
Heroes: Moms
Thank You Volunteers
Beyond The Baby Blues
K-12 Learning Partnership
Donate Now!
Mother's Day Pow Wow



Dierdre Meeter danced at the 2011 Pow Wow and was crowned Ms. Tatanka. The crown was made by her mother, Mariah Meeter. Baby's Space is honored to sponsor the 2012 Pow Wow on May 12 and 13.








Heroes Baby's Space & Tatanka Moms

In recognition of Mother's Day on May 13, we salute the moms and aunties on our Baby's Space team whose children attend Baby's Space and Tatanka Academy. They touch the hearts and lives of the children who attend our programs. We salute these special women. 

Our moms, back row from left to right, Yolanda Reyes, Michelle Dooer. In the front Shantell Hackley, Julia Icemen, Renae Charwood


Julia Iceman is auntie of Veronica in Kindergarten and was Terrie Rose's first employee more than fifteen years ago. 


Yolanda Reyes, mother of Madisol, works full time in the office at Baby's Space. She supports families with retaining and obtaining childcare authorization and office management. She is working on her CDA (Child Development) credential.  


Michelle Dooer, mother of Vanessa in the toddler room and Toriah in kindergarten, works full time in the preschool room and is working on her CDA (Child Development) credential.


Shantell Hackley, mother of Alyssa in the preschool room and Aleena in the pre-k room, works full time in the infant room and is obtaining her CDA (Child Development) credential.


Renae Charwood, auntie of Lariah in the preschool room, works in the pre-k classroom full time. 


Christina Sacta, mother of Jesus in the pre-k room works full-time as our cook.


Tasheena LaRoque is a substitute teacher and the mother of Rapheal in preschool and Alvin in the toddler room.


Daisy Green is a substitute teacher and the mother of Angela in the toddler room.


We also celebrate mother's day with Debbie Lund, Tamar Ghidalia, Gisela Valdez and Terrie Rose, our administrative team, whose children are long past the diaper stage.  

Thank you Volunteers

Temple Israel helped at Family Night

Southview Middle School helped in classrooms

Creative Color Solutions finished installation of full-view windows in infant room

Andrea Mueller, Kristyn Siegert, Heather and McKenna Little for their ongoing volunteer help


Current volunteer needs include:

  1. Group to organize the library at Baby's Space.
  2. Group to organize the storage closet at Baby's Space.
  3. Volunteers to install new environment in kindergarten room at Tatanka.
  4. Group to sponsor and set up library at Tatanka.

To volunteer, contact Angie at

Children's Mental Health Conference 


Beyond the Baby Blues VII is a half-day conference to educate professioNAMI logonals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. Terrie Rose will be a panelist on the topic of how mood disorders affect children. The conference is June 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue in St. Paul. It is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota, the University of MN School of Social Work, and Postpartum International Support. To register







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K-12 Learning Solutions Partnership
Baby's Space is proud to announce a partnership with K-12 Learning Solutions. Beginning in the fall, a portion of K-12 Learning Solutions profits will be donated to Baby's Space and Tatanka Academy for scholarships.


"Over the years I've been searching for a way to assist parents and children who value education yet may not possess the resources to make their educational hopes and dreams come true," said Cara Thorpe, owner. "I've found it with Baby's Space and Tatanka Academy where the care and teaching is based on a child's point of view."


K-12 Learning Solutions is a tutoring service based in Minneapolis.


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