Serving the Whittier Neighborhood through high-quality early education and care, family support and youth programming.
Jabbok Family Services is a nonprofit serving low-income families and youth in the Whittier Neighborhood of Minneapolis through high-quality, early education and care,
family support, and youth programming. To meet this challenge, Jabbok offers two programs help to close the achievement gap, promote self-sufficiency and generate social and economic return on investment to our community.
- Innovative Supports to Empower Parents
(INSTEP) - A one-of-a-kind childcare center providing part-time childcare that is focused on
early childhood education and school readiness. For parents it provides family support advocacy and parent group learning sessions. For the majority of
children, INSTEP is the only formalized early childhood education they will receive before entering kindergarten. Nearly 90% of the children served in 2012 were children of color and 82% of the children spoke a language other than English in their homes. INSTEP curriculum is research-based and designed to meet the developmental needs of the children in a culturally competent way, promoting the cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development of young children.
- Center of Our Lives (COOL Youth Center) - A family oriented, year round youth center that provides academic enrichment, social and emotional development, focused on college readiness for youth ages six through 18. COOL is the only youth center in the Whittier neighborhood that engages neighborhood middle school and high school aged youth in after school programming. According to
Wilder research, an investment in an afterschool program like the COOL Youth Center returns a savings of $4.89 for every dollar invested in youth and shows positive outcomes in the areas of school performance, positive self-esteem, and
decreases in delinquent behavior.
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