A Newsletter from Baby's Space   July, 2012 Volume 3, Issue 7

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,

The purpose of the federally-funded Promise Neighborhood program is to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in a neighborhood. Without the millions of dollars for planning and development, Baby's Space is accomplishing the same goals.


What are we doing? Baby's Space provides high-quality, full-day, and full-year education to 100 children ages six weeks through third grade. Our elementary school offers year-round education with licensed teaching staff, small class sizes and low student to teacher ratios. More than 60% of our employees are from the same cultural background as the children we serve and we have more than 90% participation at events like family nights, Monday morning muffins, parent education classes and parent-teacher conferences. For children and families who are struggling with complicated life issues, we have staff available to help with advocacy, support and guidance.


How do we do it? We receive funding from childcare subsidies, school district funding, private donors and grants. We're also growing our services. We've received funding from the Sheltering Arms Foundation to create a school-readiness program for three- and four-year-olds at Tatanka Academy. With six third-grade students graduating from Tatanka Academy, families are recommending that Tatanka Academy extend to fifth grade beginning in the fall of 2013. The Minnesota Department of Health awarded a grant to hire a public health nurse to support the health and well-being of mothers and young women who are part of the Baby's Space program. 


Created from the baby's point-of-view - in which responsive, consistent, sensitive and warm relationships with adults are present at every step of development - Baby's Space is fulfilling the promise.Donate


Best Regards,


Terrie Rose

Founder and Chief Executive Officer



Heroes Greg Swiler and Larry D'Amico
Heros like Greg Swiler and Larry D'Amico make a difference. Swiler and his wife Laurie donate personalized ornaments each December.

Longtime buddies Greg Swiler and Larry D'Amico share more than business interests and a love of golf. Together, the two are strong supporters of Baby's Space.


Swiler was the first to donate time and resources after meeting Terrie Rose and her husband Larry at their children's elementary school. Next thing Greg knew, he and his family spent a day with the

Rose family painting classroom walls days before Baby's Space opened.


"I benefit by doing my small part to help Baby Space succeed," says Swiler. "If this organization succeeds, it helps kids get a solid start to their lives with a sound support group. My kids were fortunate enough to have this support within their own family. The kids at Baby Space don't always have that in their homes."


Swiler reached out to his friend Larry D'Amico to help out. D'Amico, the well-known owner of D'Amico & Partners, easily gave into his buddy's friendly pressure. Together, Swiler and D'Amico cover the cost of renting space at the Walker Art Museum for the Baby's Space annual spring fundraiser.


Swiler and his wife Laurie also annually donate personalized ornaments to students at Baby's Space through their business.


Greg Swiler and Larry D'Amico are truly heroes. We couldn't continue our services or grow in new ways without their support.


We're growing! We have new positions open at Baby's Space and Tatanka Academy. For more information, contact Terrie Rose at

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Lead Infant Teacher
  • Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Development Intern
  • Age three to grade three teaching Interns

Private grants are an important funding engine for our current and future programs. We're proud to have received the following grants.


MN Department of Health grant. Allows Baby's Space to hire a public health nurse to support the health and well-being of mothers and young women.


Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community grant.The grant provides technology funding.


Elmers Foundation-Kids in Need grant. Baby's Space received three grants totaling $1,500. Tatanka Academy will use the funding for educational projects, including Native American studies and Family Math Nights.

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Help us out. We are in need of the following:

  • Socks and underwear for boys and girls sizes 2t to 8 (children's medium)

To donate these items, please bring them to Baby's Space. We're located at 2438 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Our telephone number is 612-729-5171. If dropping supplies off isn't convenient, you can send us a check and we'll purchase the needed items. Donations are 100% tax deductible.


We extend a huge thanks to the many volunteering individuals and organizations.

  • Edina Middle School, assembled curriculum kits
  • K-12 Learning Solutions, tutoring assistance
  • Mary Werbalowsky and Melody Chestler, ongoing tutoring and volunteering at Tatanka
  • Target, employees created a library at Tatanka
  • Children's Theatre Company, five interactive sessions featuring "Legend of the Lady Slipper"
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, presentation to Tatanka students about sunflowers
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