In April 2002, the coalition for the Fort Rouge and River Heights areas was established. Two years later, familiesforward was adopted as a less cumbersome, more descriptive and recognizable name for our coalition. Using the expertise of our coalition members and data from the Understanding the Early Years program, familiesforward accepts grant applications from community-based organizations that target areas of need.

familiesforward has adopted a structure that includes three types of participation: Active, Involved, and Informed, as outlined in the coalition’s Terms of Reference. Any community members or groups are welcome to participate in familiesforward and are encouraged to bring their areas of expertise or community concerns to our monthly meetings.

familiesforward: working in the community for the community.