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NCDC: Strong, Healthy Starts

Building Foundations for Success

In the heart of North Minneapolis, children are building the foundations they will need for future success at Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center. For three decades, neighborhood families have entrusted Northside with providing quality child care and education opportunities for their children to combat the negative impact poverty can have on children.

Northside is an integral part of Catholic Charities’ mission, providing strong, healthy starts to children in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region.


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  • Northside consistently earns a 4 Star Rating from Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Parent Aware.
  • Children enrolled at Northside are reported to have higher-than-average attendance at school (need to confirm).


Services Provided & Populations Served

Early Childhood Education and an out-of-school time educational environment for children ages six weeks through 12 years old.

Prevention and Intervention Services
Family-Focused Events
Parent Education and Support Groups
On-site school-based counselor


Meet a Northside Family

April, Amiah and Cayla

Building strong beginnings at NCDC

For April and her husband Cleveland, bringing their daughters Amiah and Cayla to Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center was one of their best parenting decisions.

“It’s always the best situation when a parent can know that those taking care of their children will care and love them as you can,” April said. “I’m confident in Northside staff in every aspect. “

Read more about how Northside gives kids good start at life


Key to Success: Passionate Staff

Meet Damont Jones

Damont Jones has been sharing his talents with Northside Child Development Center for more than 25 years. He is just one of many dedicated professionals working at Northside.

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How We Advocate for Children

Data shows that high-quality education is critical for children’s future success.

In 2017, Catholic Charities’ Advocacy Team is working to:

Advance legislation to create a state taskforce to review how effective the major federal and state programs for low-income families are in helping families achieve self-sufficiency and reduce the number of families living in poverty, and,

Pass legislation to increase funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which improves stability for children by supporting parents who are striving toward full employment.

View our policy framework


NCDC By the Numbers

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Tim Marx

From CEO Tim Marx

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