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CultivateMN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and community initiatives that serve children and families.

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CultivateMN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and community initiatives that serve children and families.

    Occupational Therapy in the Early Childhood Years - Part 2

    Occupational Therapy in the Early Childhood Years - Part 2

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 16 Podcast Guest: Sam Olsen, OTD, OTR/L, Owner/Founder of Persist Therapy
    My name is Dr. Sam Olsen and I am the founder of Persist Therapy. We have been in business for a little over a year and we are so excited to be partnering with Cultivate--a company that shares the same passion as we do for working with children. Currently, our Persist Therapy team consists of Occupational Therapists (we hope to continue to grow our team in the future). The thing that I love most about being an occupational therapist is all the different things that we can work on and the unique lens that we bring to the professional table. An overarching definition of occupational therapy (OT) is allowing people of all ages to feel accomplished in their lives. We help people to be independent, find joy and success within the activities that we do daily and find meaning and value within their roles and routine. For children in (OT), that can mean so many different things—helping improve independence level with daily cares, assisting with coordination that impacts play, dressing, sports or academics, modifying environments to fit sensory needs, teaching emotional regulation, and the list goes on and on (and on). Our goal is for kids to feel motivated, confident and capable in completing the things that matter most.

    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Conversation with Senator Nick Frentz, Advocate for the People

    A Conversation with Senator Nick Frentz, Advocate for the People

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 17 Podcast Guest: Nick Frentz, MN State Senator, District 19
    "During my years in the Senate I’ve fought for education, health care, transportation, public safety, agriculture, and more. I’m proud of my voting record and the work we’ve done together to help our area and it’s citizens. I’m very proud to serve our area as a state senator. I look forward to working with you to continue to bring a strong voice for District 19 to the Minnesota State Capitol."
    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 20 min
    Occupational Therapy in the Early Childhood Years - Part 1

    Occupational Therapy in the Early Childhood Years - Part 1

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 16 Podcast Guest: Sam Olsen, OTD, OTR/L, Owner/Founder of Persist Therapy
    My name is Dr. Sam Olsen and I am the founder of Persist Therapy. We have been in business for a little over a year and we are so excited to be partnering with Cultivate--a company that shares the same passion as we do for working with children. Currently, our Persist Therapy team consists of Occupational Therapists (we hope to continue to grow our team in the future). The thing that I love most about being an occupational therapist is all the different things that we can work on and the unique lens that we bring to the professional table. An overarching definition of occupational therapy (OT) is allowing people of all ages to feel accomplished in their lives. We help people to be independent, find joy and success within the activities that we do daily and find meaning and value within their roles and routine. For children in (OT), that can mean so many different things—helping improve independence level with daily cares, assisting with coordination that impacts play, dressing, sports or academics, modifying environments to fit sensory needs, teaching emotional regulation, and the list goes on and on (and on). Our goal is for kids to feel motivated, confident and capable in completing the things that matter most.

    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 56 min
    Working in Child Care with Payton Merritt

    Working in Child Care with Payton Merritt

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 15 Podcast Guest: Payton Merritt, Early Education Teacher
    My name is Payton Merritt and I am a preschool co-lead teacher at Cultivate Mankato. I grew up in Austin MN and went to school here at MSU. I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. I have always had a strong passion for working with children. I am excited to be working at a place where their beliefs and values are so strong. Community is important to me and I love the passion Cultivate has not only for the Mankato community but also for the work community. I’m excited to be at Cultivate and watch children grow each and every day!

    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 32 min
    Well-being in Child Care and Community Care with Jamie Bonczyk

    Well-being in Child Care and Community Care with Jamie Bonczyk

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 14 Podcast Guest: Jamie Bonczyk an awarded early childhood education leader.
    Jamie Bonczyk (she/her) is an awarded early childhood education leader known for creating social-impact networks, change initiatives, and partnerships that create sustainable health and education outcomes for children, families, and educators. Jamie has held the titles of Executive Director, Director of Health and Nutrition, college instructor, and preschool teacher. She is a systems-level thinker adept at translating vision and strategy into operational plans. 
    To close the stress cycle, Jamie has regular pilates and meditation practices. For community care, she uses her voice to call attention to issues that are within her circle of influence and concern. At the time of this recording Jamie was working as a consultant supporting early childhood education and care professional development and advocacy organizations. She has recently taken a position with the Greater Twin Cities United leading the 80X3 initiative. 80x3 refers to the research that shows that 80 percent of brain growth happens by a child's third birthday. This program is housed within the Community Impact department and aims to build stronger capacities for childcare partners to provide trauma sensitive care.

    Reference:
    Course Title: Well-being: A Call for Self and Community Care

    KCF VI: Professionalism, 2 hours
    Course Description:  Learn the difference between stress and stressors. Explore your own well-being through a brief guided meditation and reflecting on your own self-care. Discover elements of community care. Child Care professionals are best prepared to take care of others when they have first taken care of themselves.

    To register: https://app.developtoolmn.org/register.aspx?evid=367374

    Anyone can download 5 articles for free:
    https://www.childcareexchange.com/catalog/articles/  
    Bonczyk, J. &  Riddle de Rojas, H. (2019. January). Building Our Capacity for Curiosity, Compassion and Courage - Exchange. 
    Bonczyk, J. (2016. July) Caring for Ourselves So That We Can Care for Others.Exchange. 

    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Community, Child Care and November 2nd Elections with Jeff Brand

    Community, Child Care and November 2nd Elections with Jeff Brand

    Cultivate MN is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting awareness within early childhood programs, family services organizations, and child welfare programs. We believe sharing stories promotes awareness and cultivates connection.

    Episode 13 Podcast Guest: Jeff Brand, Former MN State Representative 2019-2020 
    (running to be MN's State Representative in 2022)
    I'm a fifth generation Minnesotan that grew up on a dairy in a township near Howard Lake, MN. Now Genevieve and I are small business owners specializing in native landscaping, garden design and ecological services. I've been active in the community as a Saint Peter City Council member from 2012-2019, member of the Region 9 commission, and as a board member for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.
    I was elected State Representative in 2018. I relying upon my abilities and reputation as an elected official to bring citizens and officials together in order to build on the concept of a stronger community. As an advocate for Greater Minnesota, I've already proven to be a representative that provided for constituents. 

    Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson  |  Meraki Marketing
    www.nulifestyleco.com/meraki-marketing

    • 43 min

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