1999 seems like yesterday when 40 people gathered in Mary and Jeff Werbalowsky's home to raise money for a new program to serve 21 infants, toddlers and their families in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis.
Today, 14 years later, Baby's Space has expanded to a preschool, pre-kindergarten and full-year elementary school, Tatanka Academy. Serving nearly 125 children and their families with research driven practices, we have done what few organizations have: Combined federal and local childcare and K-12 funds to create a seamless educational and social support program. However, gaps in funding remains. While the legislators debate the merits of all-day kindergarten, we provide it. When a pregnant mother loses childcare support for her toddler because she is placed on bed rest, we provide a scholarship for the child to continue at Baby's Space. These consistent and high-quality opportunities are made possible by you and your generous donations.
I will forever be grateful for that evening 14 years ago and to those friends who generously listened to an idea and provided the seed money that launched Baby's Space. These friends remain loyal supporters and cheerleaders.
Please join us on Friday, February 22, 6-8 pm at the Walker Art Center for Oh Baby! our premier fundraising event. Chaired by Andrea Mueller, the evening includes great conversation, complimentary martinis and a magnificent art auction that features Minnesota's leading artists. I look forward to seeing you at the Walker. Thanks for cheering and supporting.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer