The MLRC was established in 1999 via funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. Since that time, our methods have been practiced both state and nationwide and, more recently, in countries across the globe!
Following our establishment, we continued to receive legislative financial support until 2006. The U.S. Department of Education also provided two major grants to the MLRC between 2001 and 2005, totaling nearly $1.5 million. The combined state and federal funding allowed us to expand to more than 250 elementary schools across the country, spanning 13 states.
In 2011, we completed a five-year study that allowed 20+ Head Start sites to establish a S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K model, designed to assist with preparing children to learn prior to their entry into elementary school. Today, we continue to host workshops and provide follow-up mentoring in schools and pre-k centers across Minnesota and throughout the United States. Our team of professionals, who have a wealth of experience as classroom and pre-k teachers, occupational and vision therapists, reading specialists, physical educators, principals and administrators, present at the workshops and visit schools year round to help educators view and understand children developmentally.