Families First

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About Us

The Families First Children’s Collaborative of Brown County is a team of Brown County School districts, county agencies, community organizations, and parent members. We exist as a Family Services Collaborative to help provide innovative solutions to help address the unique needs of children, youth, and their families.  While the collaborative does not provide direct support, it helps coordinate supports and services throughout Brown County.

Our Mission:

Serving the children and families of Brown County by providing resources and support to strengthen families and encourage collaboration of community partners.

Our Priority Areas

  • To support the mental health continuum of services
  • To evaluate and evolve the collaborative to meet our mission
  • To connect families to the right services

The Mission of the Families First Children’s Collaborative of Brown County is to serve the children and families of Brown County by providing resources and support to strengthen families and encourage collaboration of community partners.  One way the Collaborative accomplishes this mission is through the funding of community projects.  Federal funds are received from the Local Collaborative Time Study (LCTS), which our schools, corrections, and public health staff participate in.  These funds are distributed through a grant process and must be used to expand early intervention and prevention services for children and families.

Grant applications are accepted on a yearly basis and must address at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Mental Health
  • Families at risk – Intervention and Prevention

The following programs have received funding from the Families First Children’s Collaborative in the past:

  • PRO Kinship
  • Ivy House
  • Universal Contact and Follow Along Program
  • STOP Truancy
  • Heart of New Ulm
  • Healthy Community/Healthy Youth

Interested parties can contact the collaborative coordinator for information about the grant cycle. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to both short and long-term negative health outcomes.  A priority of The Families First Children’s Collaborative of Brown County is to raise awareness of ACEs and reduce the number of ACEs children in Brown County have.

3 Realms of ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Brown County - 2022 Minnesota Student Survey

If you are interested in learning more about what ACEs are and how to prevent them, contact the collaborative coordinator.

Contact Us

Collaborative Coordinator – Erin Schwab

507-233-6828

1117 Center Street – PO Box 543

New Ulm, MN 56073

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Mission Statement

Commitment to Excellence through Leadership, Teamwork, and Education

Contact

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Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073