Healthy, stable families are at the heart of Lifetrack.
For nearly 70 years, healthy and stable families have been at the heart of Lifetrack. Our mission is to work together to develop the strengths within children, families, and adults facing the greatest life challenges. We reduce disparities on the ground level, working to empower those who experience the most barriers to success. Every day, our work makes our community stronger through a unique family-centered approach that helps 40,000 Minnesotans put hope within reach and create a better life for themselves and their families.
When adults have sustainable employment, they create stability for themselves and provide a solid foundation for the next generation. Each year, Lifetrack helps 1,400 people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and people experiencing poverty launch and develop careers that are meaningful to them.
A strong and nurturing parent fulfills the central role in a child’s growth and happiness. Lifetrack offers parenting education and connections to community resources for over 1,500 families experiencing poverty or families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Over 35,000 adults seek our educational resources to balance work and family demands.
Fostering Resilience in Children
Children are resilient when they can move forward after facing minor setbacks, daily challenges, or even a traumatic event. Lifetrack helps over 260 children each year who experience the stresses of poverty find their strengths and prepare for kindergarten. We help over 1,400 children who are deaf or hard of hearing build confidence with role models, American Sign Language instruction, and community support.
Lifetrack works with Minnesota's culturally diverse population--our staff speaks 14 different languages. For nearly a decade, Lifetrack has been the largest outcome-based employment program in Minnesota for refugees, as determined by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The National Benchmarking Project has recognized Lifetrack as among the Top 15 percent, nationally, in employment placement and retention amongst similar programs.
Our Families Together therapeutic preschool is the only one of its kind in Ramsey County. Ninety-six percent of our preschoolers achieve kindergarten readiness, reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones. We are consistently awarded top scores and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Last year, our LifeBalance Solutions program helped dozens of corporate and municipal organizations build work environments that support the full lives of employees. We did this by providing education tools to over 35,000 employees for topics covering Health & Wellness, Workplace Effectiveness, Family & Parenting Education, Eldercare & Aging and more.