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Child Care Resources

Child Care Aware MN

Child Care Aware of Minnesota helps families find the quality child care their children need to grow and we support the professional growth of child care professionals.
*Please see School Readiness tab for more information on grants and scholarships through Child Care Aware.

Telephone: (888) 291-9811

Parent Aware MN

Parent Aware offers tools and resources to help families find quality child care and early education. Provide programs to improve child care practices, while preparing children for school and life.
*Please see School Readiness section for more information on grants and scholarships through Child Care Aware.

Telephone: (218) 632-3600
Toll Free: 1-888-291-9811

The Minnesota Quality Improvement and Registry Tool (Develop)

Develop offers training and quality improvement tools to support early learning & school-age care. is the one-stop-shop where you and your organization can get the tools you want and need to build upon your success.

Website: (training)

Department of Human Services Licensing Look-up

Licensing look-up provides access to search for licensed family and center based child care within requested area.


Clinics and Hospitals

Essentia Health Menahga Clinic

212 Aspen Avenue NE
Menahga, MN 56464

Telephone: (218) 564-4131
Website: Visit

Tri-County Health Care Sebeka Clinic

106 Minnesota Avenue
Sebeka, MN 56477

Telephone: (218) 837-5333

Tri-County Health Care Wadena Clinic

4 Deerwood Avenue NW
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-1360

Lakewood Clinic, Staples

49725 County Road 83
Staples, MN 56479

Telephone: (218) 894-1515

Tri-County Health Care Verndale Clinic

102 Farwell Street S
Verndale, MN 56481

Telephone: (218) 445-5990

Wadena County Public Health

22 Dayton Avenue SE
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7629

Mahube Family Health Clinic

• Health Education
• Reproductive Health Services
• Birth Control and Contraceptives
• Female and Male Physical Exams
• Pregnancy Testing & Counseling
• STI Screening and Treatment
• Gardasil Vaccine

311 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7650

Behavioral Health Resources

Prairie St. Johns

510 4th St South
Fargo, ND 58103

Telephone: (701) 476-7216
Toll Free: (877) 333-9565

Northern Pines Mental Health, Wadena

11 2nd Street SW Suite 1
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-1714

Tri-County Health Care Psychiatry, Wadena

418 North Jefferson Street
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-1100

Lakewood Health Systems-Psychiatric Behavioral Health Unit

401 Prairie Avenue NE
Staples, MN 56479

Telephone: (218) 894-8852

Crisis Line

Telephone: (218) 828-HELP
Toll Free: 1-800-462-5525
*Service 24 hours a day

Wadena County Human Services

Children’s Mental Health Services
124 1st Street SE #1
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7605

Disability Services

Freshwater Education District

Special Education Cooperative
910 Ash Avenue NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-3505

Emergency and Financial Services

Wadena County Human Services

124 1st Street SE #1
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7605

Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership

• Energy Programs
– Energy Assistance
– Emergency Food and Shelter
– Winter Clothing Project
– Salvation Army Project
– United Way Assistance
• Energy Related Repair Program
• Reach Out for Warmth
• Crisis Energy Assistance
• Conservation
• Weatherization Program
• Housing
• Child Care Assistance
• Lakes and Prairie Community Action Partnership
Telephone: (218) 512-1580

311 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7650

Food Resources

Wadena Food Shelf

205 Aldrich Ave SE, Main Floor
Wadena, MN 56482
Monday: 9am – 11am
Thursday: 9am – 11:45am
2nd and 4th Wednesdays: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

*Client Information: No referrals needed. Picture ID required and current local address. Serve Wadena, Deer Creek, Bluffton, Verndale and Aldrich only. Plan ahead, participants can come only once per month. Take only what your family can use, park on the tar or street, bring your own boxes.

Sebeka Food Shelf

Methodist Church (back entrance)
Sebeka, MN
Thursday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
*Client Information: Only serve Sebeka school district residents.

Menahga Food Shelf

Menahga Family Center (Head Start bldg.)
Menahga, MN 56464
Wednesdays: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
*Client Information: Recipient must be in the Menahga School District, will meet people there with a referral from Community Action Partnership, pastoral referral or Public Health/Human Services, etc. Clients are limited to getting food every 30 days. Clients should bring some sort of current bill with current address.

Staples Food Shelf

Lion’s Building
402 Wisconsin Avenue SE
Staples, MN
Monday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Last Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
*Client Information: No referral needed, just walk in, need proof of address.

Verndale Food Shelf

402 NE Clark Drive (Old Truss Building)
Verndale, MN
Monday: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Last Monday of the month: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
*Client Information: Open to residents of Verndale & Aldrich. Need a photo ID with proof of residence. Clients will be allowed to shop once in a 30 day period.

Ruby’s Pantry – Menahga

Assembly of God
37863 US Hwy 71
Menahga MN 56464
3rd Saturday of the Month
Doors open at 9:00 am
Distribution: 10:00am – 11:30am

Housing Resources

Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority

222 2nd Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 631-7723

Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership

• Transitional Housing
• DHS Permanent Supportive Housing
• Emergency Shelter Grant
• Family Homeless
• West River Town Home Supportive Housing

311 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482

Telephone: (218) 632-3600

Legal Resources

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

426 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Telephone: (320) 762-0663
Toll Free: 1-800-450-2552


Friendly Rider

Telephone: (218) 631-5730
Toll Free: 1-888-773-5500

School Readiness

Preschools in the County

Wadena-Deer Creek Preschool

600 Colfax Avenue SW
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-2155

Verndale Preschool Plus

411 Southwest Brown Street
Verndale, MN 56481
Telephone: (218) 445-5184

Menahga Public School

216 Aspen Avenue SE
PO Box 160
Menahga, MN 56360
Telephone: (218) 564-4141

Sebeka Public School

200 1st Street NW
PO Box 249
Sebeka, MN 56477
Telephone: (218) 837-5101

1,000 Books by Kindergarten

Enroll your child at the Wadena City Library, Menahga ECFE or Sebeka ECFE and receive your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten bag and journal.


Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether its mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds. Get the tools!

Help Me Grow Minnesota

Help Me Grow provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.

Early Learning Scholarships

The Minnesota Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Early Learning Scholarships Program is now available for Minnesota families statewide. Minnesota’s low-income families with children between the ages three and five will have access to high quality early education and child care programs. To find out eligibility contact:
Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership
Telelphone: (218) 632-3600
Toll Free: 1-888-291-9811


Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are open to all families with preschool-age children (birth-5 years). Your child will love the games, art, and science projects, story and music time, toys and nutritious snacks. Parents will enjoy spending quality time with their child, meeting other parents and discussing important parenting issues.
Classes are held at:
Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School
215 Colfax Avenue SW
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 632-2364


Verndale Public Schools
411 Southwest Brown Street
Verndale, MN 56481
Telephone: (218) 445-5184


Sebeka “Little Trojans” Preschool Program
200 1st Street Northwest
P.O. Box 249
Sebeka, MN 56477
Telephone: (218) 837-5101

Early Head Start and Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are state and federally funded programs for young children ages birth to five and pregnant women. Any family may apply for Head Start, but priority is given to those with limited income and children with special needs including children with severe disabilities.
Early Head Start ages: Prenatal to 3 years old
Head Start ages: 3 – 5 years old
Head Start Child Care ages: birth-5years old


For more information contact:
Wadena site located in Wadena Deer Creek Elementary. Menahga site located in Menahga Early Childhood Center.
West Central MN Community Action, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Blvd.
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Telephone: (218) 685-4486

CDC – Act Early

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

Center for Inclusive Childcare (MN – St. Paul)

The Center for Inclusive Child Care Inclusion Consultation and Support Services provide support to child care and school age care providers, enabling them to successfully include and retain children with special needs and those with challenging behaviors into their community child care programs. Services include consultation, technical assistance, resources, research and referral support, observation, and staff development in both face-to-face and online venues.






MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.


(Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program)
WIC provides nutrition tips and advice, support for breastfeeding, healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals, bread and tortillas, low fat milk and baby foods. Provided for women whom are pregnant, nursing or have a child under age of 5.
*Must qualify for provided services
*Services offered at Wadena Public Health

Telephone: (218) 631-7629
Find clinic near you: 1-800-942-4030

5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!

This simple message is easy to remember. It is a great way for you and your family to eat healthy and be active. Here’s what it means:
5 – Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables every day.
2 – Cut TV and computer screen time to 2 hours or less every day.
1 – Participate in at least 1 hour of moderate physical activity every day or 20 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 times a week.
0 – For almost 0 sugar-sweetened drinks every day, restrict soda pop, sports drinks, and fruit drinks.


Tri-County Hospital
Telephone: (218) 631-7538 (Prenatal or Lacatation)


Wadena County Public Health
22 Dayton Avenue SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-7629
Websites: or

Vision – Eye Care Providers

Midwest Family Eye Center, Staples

121 4th Street NE
Staples, MN 56479
Telephone: (218) 894-5480

Bruhn Optical, Park Rapids

1011 1st Street E
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Telephone: (218) 732-8535

Azure Vision Care, Wadena

652 Jefferson Street N
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-1456

Wadena Eye Clinic

222 1st Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-2020

Staples Eye Clinic

222 4th Street NE
Staples, MN 56479
Telephone: (218) 894-1331

Park Rapids Walker Eye Clinic, Park Rapids

206 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Telephone: (218) 732-3389

Midwest Vision Centers, Wadena

318 S Jefferson Street
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-3300


Woodland Dental, Jason Allred

206 1st St. SE
Wadena, MN
Telephone: (218) 631-4431
Accepts MA, MN Care

Restemayer Family Dentistry

Telephone: (218) 564-5192
Accepts MA

Dr. Peter Brenny

Telephone: (218) 894-2755
Accepts MA except Prime West

St. Joseph’s Community Dental

Park Rapids
Telephone: (218) 732-4436
MA Prime West, South Country, Medica, MN Care Blue Plus, Civic Smiles

Appletree Dental

New York Mills
Telephone: 1-888-683-1038
Accepts MA

Northland Smiles

21343 Archibald Road
Telephone: (218) 534-3141

Someplace Safe

Offering safety, options and hope for victims, survivors, families and communities.  Someplace Safe Mission is to create a safer world for everyone, we work to eliminate violence and oppression through advocacy, education and services. 

Wadena Office
309 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-3311
*Crisis Line: 1-800-974-3359 24-hour crisis line

Early Childhood Screenings – Child and Teen Checkups

Early Childhood Screenings (ECS)

The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is doing at 3 ½ or 4. It identifies, at an early stage, possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before starting school.

Child and Teen Checkups (CTC)

Child and Teen Checkups is a program for newborns through age 20 years with Minnesota Care Programs Insurance. Included in the health checkups is a history review and education, physical exam, height/weight, screenings for vision, hearing and development, lab testing, immunizations, dental referral and more. This checkup qualifies as a sports physical.

When should children and teens get health checkups?
0-18 months: every 2-3 months
2-6 years: every year
8-20 years: every other year

Where can my child get a CTC?
– Your local doctor or clinic
– Public Health Department


Wadena Public Health
22 Dayton Avenue SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-7629
Toll Free: 1-888-883-0351

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a registered nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old. Nurse-Family Partnership is evidence based and goals to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices, including obtaining thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diet, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal substances.

*Nurse-Family Partnership is FREE to all eligible women.


Wadena County
Nurse Family Partnership

22 Dayton Avenue SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Telephone: (218) 631-7629
Call/Text: (218) 402-0588


Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.