Community Resources & Links
Community Resource information is provided by the School Social Workers at each Shakopee school. It is our mission to support families and children in order to best meet the academic and emotional needs of all of our students. This list is not all-inclusive but can provide you with some ideas on the resources in our community. Please contact your school's Social Worker for additional information and referrals.
Please Note: To access a particular resource, simply click the resource from the left navigation.
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Smart Link TransitProvides local public transportation. Call 952-496-8341.
CAP AgencyCAP Agency coordinates various social services for Scott County residents including childcare resource and referral, crisis nursery, food shelf, thrift store, housing assistance, WIC program, and heat/energy assistance programs. Call the Shakopee office at 952-496-2125.
Capable KidsProvides occupational, physical and speech therapy services for ASD, ADD, brain injuries, developmental delays, communication disorders, hearing impairments, seizure disorders, sensory processing disorders and visual processing disorders.
Understood.org: Resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues
Understood.org is a website that provides information and support for parents of children ages 3 to 20 years old who have learning and attention issues. Information includes understanding and getting diagnosis; working with the schools; support for the whole child and for the family overall. There are many tools, blogs and groups that support parents in this journey.
Early Childhood Screening
Between the ages of 3 and 4 years old, children should be screened to detect possible health or learning concerns. This screening is so important to make sure all students are ready to start school.
Screenings will be done by trained professionals who will check:
height and weight
large and small muscle development
thinking, language and communication skills
social and emotional development
The screening is FREE and offered at the Pearson Early Learning Center. Please use the link below to schedule this important screening for your child who is between 3 and 4 years old.
ARC support groupGeneral Support Group for parents of children with any type of intellectual or developmental disability in the Southwest Metro held at Perkins at 951 West 78th Street in Chanhassen on the second Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information see the link below.
Capable KidsProvides occupational, physical and speech therapy services for ASD, ADD, brain injuries, developmental delays, communication disorders, hearing impairments, seizure disorders, sensory processing disorders and visual processing disorders.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is a national, non-profit organization providing information and support for ADD/ADHD issues. See the website link below for more information.
Fraser ProgramFraser Program is a program specializing in supporting individuals and family members of people on the autism spectrum. See website link below for more information.
PACE Literacy programPACE (Parent, Adult, Child Education) Literacy Program is a unique opportunity that combines:Adult Basic English language learningParent education and supportEarly Childhood Education for children birth through 4 years oldParent and child interactionTransportation for families who do not have any transportationLunch is provided for childrenAll families need to qualify for this program based on parent's beginning English language skills; having children ages birth to 4 years whose primary language is not English and qualifying for free and/or reduced school lunch program.For more information see link or call 952-496-5035
PACER CenterPACER Center is a parent advocacy coalition for parents of children with disabilities.
Parent support for children with learning disabilities
Learning Disabilities Association is a nonprofit focusing on the needs of those with learning disabilities and family support. More information at the link below
Shakopee Public Schools preschoolShakopee School District provides many different preschool options for 3 and 4 year olds. These classes range from full-day/ 5 days a week option for 4 year olds to 2 days/week and even evening classes and everything in between! All classes have licensed early childhood teachers. Classes are held at Pearson Early Learning Center in Shakopee. Scholarships are available.Call 952-496-5013 for more information
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center is a place for connection to services, resources, information and support. There is a monthly calendar where you can meet in person with someone from the Family Resource Center. This calendar can be found by clicking the link. Locations include the Shakopee Library and River Valley YMCA
Help Me Connect (Parent resource link)
Help Me Connect is an online navigator that can connect parents (and expecting parents) with local resources to support your child(ren)'s growth and development in many different areas (childcare, disability, mental health, legal, basic needs, dental care, developmental/behavioral concerns, etc.)
Three Rivers Park's free recreation pass
At Three Rivers, we believe everyone belongs in the parks — to play, explore, and discover all that nature has to offer. From hiking through the woods, learning about wildlife at a nature center, skiing through a winter wonderland and more, there’s adventure for everyone!
Recreation Pass Plus is a recreation card that offers free equipment rentals, discounts on programs and events and free recreation passes. These recreation passes include archery, swim ponds, dog off-leash areas, disc golf and cross-country skiing.
The Recreation Pass Plus card is available for families and individuals who live in Hennepin County or Scott County and are experiencing financial difficulty.
If you’re a Hennepin County or Scott County resident and you’re enrolled in any one of the following services, you can apply for a Recreation Pass Plus card:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA)
- Minnesota Care
- General Assistance (GA)
- Minnesota Family Investment Act (MFIP)
- Medical Assistance (MA)
- Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
- Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program (HCEAP)
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
- Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Nutrition Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)
- Free and Reduced School Lunch Program
Apply online or call 763.559.6700.
For relay services, dial 711. For translation assistance, please call 763.559.6700.
Each family member can make their individual choices for their two recreation passes. Individual cards for each member of the family will be sent in the mail.
Once the application is submitted, you will receive a receipt via email that the application was received. A second email will be sent to you after your application is approved and your Recreation Pass Plus card(s) will be mailed to you within 5 to 7 business days.
You can use your second receipt as a temporary pass for 7 days from the receipt date so you don’t have to wait for your card to use your recreation passes.
When you receive your card:
- Remember to bring it with you to the parks to receive free rental equipment and to use your recreation passes.
- Use it to register online for discounts on programs.
The Recreation Pass Plus card is valid for a 12-month period, starting May 1 and ending April 30. A reminder email to reapply for the card will be sent one month prior to the expiration date.
All information is confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than communication about this and other relevant Three Rivers programs.
Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)
Parent Support Outreach Program is a short-term voluntary support for families facing challenges. The focus is on the famiily's strengths and needs and aims to help children and parents thrive. A PSOP worker will conduct a comprehensive assessment of families' needs and strengths together and make decisions about what services or community resources are the best choice for success.
PSOP can assist with:
Call 952-496-8959 or follow the following link for more information: https://co.carver.mn.us/departments/health-human-services/child-family/child-welfare/parent-support-outreach-program-psop
The crisis nursey assists families who are in need of short-term child care due to a crisis.
Or follow the link for more information: https://capagency.org/cause/crisis-nursery/
Family Voices - support for families of children with Special Needs
Family Voices is an agency supporting families of children with Special Needs from diagnosis to adulthood through:
*Parent support groups (on-line)
*Webinars on a variety of tipics
*Connect parents with another support parent
MOMS Club of Shakopee and Prior Lake
MOMS Club of Shakopee and Prior Lake provides activites, playdates, service projects and various gatherings who's goal is to connect parents of young children for socialization opportunities for both the parents and the children.
Click on the link below to learn more about this local chapter.
MOPS: A faith-based support group for Moms
MOPS is an international organization that has a group in Shakopee and other Twin Cities communitieis which meets on a regular basis to support moms of young children.
See the link below to find a group near you, if you are interested.
MN Zoo app for kids with ASD, anxiety or sensory processing difficulties
MN Zoo has launched an app which will assist families of children with ASD, anxiety or sensory processing difficulties have a better experience at the Zoo. The app includes social guides, sensory friendly zoo map, visual schedules which can be individualized, communication tools and a zoo themed memory game.
Follow the link below to download the app.
Understood.org: A resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues
Understood.org is a website that provides a variety of tools for parents of children ages 3 to 20 who have learning and attention issues. The tools include signs and symptoms; treatment approaches; school approaches and support for the family. There are articles, live experts, blogs and groups available to support parents.
Parenting articles for challenging behaviors for all age levels
Empowering Parents is a website run by a company who is dedicated empowering parents with tools to manage challenging child behaviors. While some of the services are fee-based, there is free access to hundreds of parenting articles written by professionals in the field.
M.O.M.S. Mentoring Program: Making Our Moms Successful
M.O.M.S. is a non-profit, faith based mentoring program serving single mothers and their children in Dakota and Scott counties. They provide education, personal support and connections to community resources. The goal is to fill the niche of "trusted advisor" for single mothers who find themselves in challenging situations and want to make positive life changes for their families, but lack the support system to help them do so.
Program participants commit to :
**Goal setting and achievement'
**Education: bi-monthly meeings on topics such as budgeting, parenting and healthy relationships
Contact M.O.M.S. by calling 952-890-5072, email at email@example.com or click on the link www.momsprogram.org
FREE toys at "The Toy Corner"
"The Toy Corner provides gently used and new toys to children, 52 weeks a year, who might not otherwise have them."
The Toy Corner provides free and gently used toys for families who might not otherwise have any. Each child can pick out 2 toys in addition to books and stuffed animals (maximum of 6 toys per family and shopping once a month). Parents need to provide an ID and current utility bill indicating they live in Shakopee, Savage or Prior Lake.
The Toy Corner is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Please see link for specific hours.
The Toy Corner appreciates donations of gently used toys. There are drop off locations at CFC, Klein Bank and Chamber of Commerce in Shakopee in addition to other locations outside of Shakopee. Financial support is also appreciated (a link is on their website which can be accessed via the link below).
The Toy Corner is located at 12302 Princeton Avenue in Savage. Their phone number is 952-230-6356. Complete information can be found on their website which can be accessed through the link below.
Are you raising other's children? Resources, information and support
Kinship Caregivers is a program within Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota that supports adults who are raising other's children (grandparents, relatives or friend) through worhskops/classes, individual consultation and conferences.
Kinship Caregivers can:
*Help connect you with a variety of resources such as legal, medical and financial support for your family.
*Hosts groups and classes which provide information and strategy for self-care, healing trauma and supporting children with behavioral challenges.
*Hosts support groups which offer an opportunity to find solidarity, identify resources and learn new ways to navigate difficult aspects of the caregiving journey. These are offered in multiple locations
Contact Kinship Caregivers by calling 651-917-4640; emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking on the link below to see more information.
Autism support: helping parents explain autism and resources for parents of children with autism
Sesame Street introduced a character with autism named Julia. They now have a website that provides videos to help your child understand the challenges of children with autism. Additionally, if you are a parent of a child with autism, there are some great resources to help suppport your child at home.
*Videos for children on how to be a friend to a peer with autism; why some children do things differently and how to communicate in sign language. There's even a book on "Julia and her friends" and how they build their friendship together.
*Daily routine charts for parents of children with autism in addition to other resources.
Parenting tips in English and Spanish
Parenting tips for famiies with toddlers and preschoolers for the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention). The website provides evidence based positive parenting strategies and techniques using written content, interative activities and videos. Topics include communication; consequences and discipline; giving directions; creating structure and using time outs.
Click on the link below to view the website and tools.
Parents Forever - support for parents experiencing divorce or separationParents Forever provides classes and support for parents experiencing divorce, separation and issues of paternity/parenting time/child support. Children do best when they can maintain a positive relationship with both parents if it is safe to do so. Online and in-person education helps parents develop skills in co-parenting by teaching them to :Eliminate parental conflict in front of childrenKeep the children out of parents' issuesProvide children with access to both parentsPut the best interest of the children firstFor more information on the in-person class schedule, online offerings, costs and other information see the link below.
Domestic ViolenceSouthern Valley Alliance for Battered Women provides support groups, legal advocacy and general support for individuals in verbally, physical or sexually abusive relationships. They also provide a visitation center for parents needing to exchange children in a safe environment.The website provides information about the topic as well as more information about the programs offered.Weekly meetings are held at convenient locations with free childcare. For more information call 952-873-4214.24 hour crisis line952-873-4214
Help Me Grow - information and support for parenting your child birth to 5 years oldHelp Me Grow is a state program providing assistance from early childhood specialists. If you have any concerns about your child's development, please contact the Help Me Grow programs at 952-496-5059 or visit the website (link below).
Parenting 24/7A website that provides links to articles on a wide array of parenting issues including sleep, independence/defiance, media, emotions/feelings, getting along with others, schoolwork and many more. A great resource for parents looking for general parenting support.
Parent Further - parenting supportA website that provides articles and information to support parenting. Topics are broken down by age. The website provides interactive quizzes for better understanding.
University of Minnesota Extension Services - parenting supportA great resource for articles and links to support parents. Topics include teen issues, school support, parenting after divorce, nutrition, finance and emotional well being of children.
The RentHelpMN portal is now available to assist people with past due rent if they meet eligibility. Those who meet eligibility may also get assistance with future rent and utilities.
Please click on the link to find out more information.
If you need assistance in filling out forms or help with the website, please reach out to the School Social Worker in your student's building. They are happy to assist.
Scott County CareerForce
Provides career lab services, job search, job leads, employment and training programs/resources, workshops and. resume review.
Or follow the link: https://careerforcemn.com/shakopee
Consumer Credit Services
Lutheran Social Services Financial and Consumer Credit Services provides budget, credit/debt, student loan and foreclosure prevention counseling online, in person or by telephone.
Or follow the link for more information: https://lssmn.org/debt
Project Community Connect
Due to COVID Project Community Connect was not held in person. There was a list provided about community resources available. Please connect with your School Social Worker to find out more information.
*Healthcare services and information
*IDs and Birth certificates
*Employment resources and job fair
*Benefits and food support
*Housing and homeless services
*Lunches and childcare available
*Free transportation from various areas (see website)
Reduced rates on Internet for qualifying families
Internet Essentials is a program through Comcast which provides Internet service for $9.95/month plus tax. This rate will not increase; there is no activation fee and there is no equipment rental fees. This program is available for families who currently qualify for the school's free lunch program.
A low cost computer is also available at initial enrollment for $149.99 plus tax. Free Internet training is also available online, in print or in person.
A family without Internet is a home that's out of touch for children and parents alike. Help your family get ahead by learning more or applying for this affordable Internet service by visiting the link below or calling 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)
Fare For AllFare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that benefits everyone in a community. Families can save 50% on monthly groceries. There is no income eligibility and no need to register. Visit the website to find the location nearest to you (in Shakopee it is currently housed at New Creation Church across from Sweeney Elementary School) at 1053 Jefferson Street in Shakopee.Purchase the package that best meets your families' needs (regular pack, meat only pack or monthly specials).
Loaves and Fishes free community mealsLoaves and Fishes offers free community meals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the St. John's Lutheran Church at 119 8th Avenue West in Shakopee.
Scott County Community Development AgencyProvides support and assistance for those interested in homeownership as well as current homeowners experiencing difficulties (missing payments, possible foreclosure, changing interest rates, home equity, etc.). Support includes workshops, online courses and one-to-one expert advice. Telephone number is 952-402-9022
Assistance with housing, energy/heat assistance, food shelf and thrift store. Located on Canterbury Road. Office number is 952-496-2125.
Energy Assistaqnce eligibility can be found at http://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/#guidelines. Applications are accepted from October 1 to May 31. If you've previously received Energy Assistance you will be mailed an application.
Energy Related Repair: funds are available to help correct "no heat" or malfunctioning heating systems for owner-occupied homes. Individuals must be eligible for Energy Assistance. Please call 651-322-3500 for more information.
Energy Crisis Assistance: Available for those receiving Energy Assistance and experiencing an emergency situation (disconnection, shut off notice or delivery of fuel for tanks below 20%. Please call 651-322-3500 for more information.
Child and Teen Checkups
Scott County Public Health promotes prevention and well child checks for families who are on Medical Assistance by making phone calls which help attain transportation, interpreters or assistance to get them to well child checks.
Or follow this link for more information: https://scottcountymn.gov/399/Child-Teen-Checkups
Portico Healthnet is a nonprofit that connects people to health insurance and health care. They will help you understand your options for health insurance through MN Sure AND private health plans as well as guide you through the application process start to finish.
Call today for a phone appointment: 651-489-2273
Email at email@example.com
Or follow this link for more information: https://porticohealthnet.org
Children's Dental Services
Offers care out of two headquarters in Minneapolis as well as satellite clinics in other communities.
Call 612-746-1530 for more information and to make an appointment.
Or follow the link for more information: https://childrensdentalservices.org
Neighborhood Health Source clinic
Neighborhood Health Source provides a multitude of clinic services (including mental health services; chronic disease management; basic and preventative health care) in an affordable manner. They accept most insurance plans and have a sliding fee for those who qualify.
There are 3 Minneapolis locations. Walk ins welcome! Multilingual staff and interpreters.
Click on the link below to be directed to their website.
Scott County Public HealthGeneral Intake: 952-496-8556Immunizations: 952-496-8407 (immunization clinics are offered on Monday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. at 792 Canterbury Road South in Suite A160. Appointments are necessary. No clinics on legal holidays. The clinic serves uninsured children and adults as well as those individuals who have out-of-pocket expenses for vaccines).Mobile Clinics: Rotating locations in Jordan (Radermacher Fresh Market), Savage (Scott County Library) and Shakopee (Slavic Baptist Church, 1205 10th Avenue AND Valley Green Workforce Center, 792 Canterbury Road South in Suite B231). The mobile clinics provide care for short term and ongoing health concersn; health screenings (cholesterol tests, blood pressure and blood glucose tests); assistance with obtaining affordable prescription medication; and information/referral to affordable health care and other community resources. Services are FREE for uninsured and underinsured residents of Scott County. Call 952-496-8555 for more information and appointments.Follow the link for information on Prescription assistance and TB testing and Moblie Clinic dates.
Mental health crisis resource tool
This is a user friendly tool to help people who are looking for urgent (same or next day) services to prevent, respond to, or follow up from a mental health or substance abuse crisis.
The tool helps you get connected to providers, learn what to expect and explore information about general systems.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Provides free education, support and advocacy for people living with mental illness and their families.
Or follow this link for more information: https://namimn.org. This link provides many option for online support for various issues.
Mental health fact sheet with tips for parents of younger children (multiple languages)
Click on the link below to access a fact sheet with parenting tips for parents on how to promote positive mental health in younger children. This fact sheet is available in multiple languages including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali.
Chemical Use by Adolescents with Mental Health Conditions
Participants will learn how chemical use is often a negative coping strategy to deal with mental health conditions. We will also cover current drug trends, signs and symptoms, how parents can help their child be drug-free, and information regarding Sober School.
Tuesday, November 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. a the Prio Lake Library.
To register click on the link below or call 651-645-2948
U of M's Gender Identity Support programs
Sexual and gender development are a natural part of human development. If a child or adolescent is experiencing issues related to gender, the U of M's Program in Human Sexuality has a variety of services and programs to support children/adolescents as well as families.
*Clinical Services: information sessions for caregivers; psychological assessments; individual, group and family therapy
*Adolescent Gender Exploration Groups
*Consulation, Advocacy and Training
It's not uncommmon for parents/caregivers to experience a range of emotions (including confusion, grief, guilt and fear for their child's safety) in coming to terms with what their child's gender identity means for them. Thus, we provide education and support to caregivers to navigate these challenges. We also invite caregivers of adolescents to participate in their adolescent in a group component where they have the opportunity to meet other caregivers who are facing similar circumstances.
Classes/support group for families with mental illness
Classes and support include:
* "Families of Adults"
*"Hope for Recovery (adults with mental illness)"
*"Parents and Caregivers of Children"
*"Parent Nights" - classes on certain topics
*"Children and Teen Group" - support for children who have a parent or sibling with mental illness
*"General Public" - classes on an assortment of topics that would be beneficial to anyone
Please click on the link to find out more specifics and to sign up for classes. You must register online or call Cari Juarez at 651-645-2948 ext. 130 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott County Mental Health ServicesScott County Mental Health Services provides individual, family, couple and group counseling. They also provide mental health diagnosis and evaluation; medication/psychiatric consultations and crisis intervention/emergency assessments. Call Scott County Mental Health at (952) 445-7751 for more information.The Mental Health Center is located in the Government Center in Shakopee, 200 Fourth Avenue West on the Third Floor.
Mental Health Crisis Program24 hours day/7 days week mobile crisis response services. This includes assessment and intervention telephone crisis intervention and mental health consultation. Call 952-442-7601.
Suicide Prevention and InformationThis website provides prevention information, depression information and grief support in addition to other resources.
Transgender Suicide Hotline
Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.
Friendship Church Support Groups
Friendship Church in Shakopee (12800 Marystown Road) provides various Christian-based support: GriefShare(Tuesdays at 7 p.m.) DivorceCare(Tue. at 7 p.m.) and Celebrate Recovery (from "life's hurts, hang-ups and habits" on Mondays at 6 p.m.). Call 952-447-8282