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Keeping Kids Healthy

The Twin Cities is home to a variety of world-class hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare facilities for children.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

An independent, not-for-profit children’s health-care system with six metro-area locations, including St. Paul, 651-220-6000,

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Headquarters in St. Paul, with clinics in six other locations, including Duluth and Brainerd, 800-719-4040,

Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital and T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Center

General and specialty pediatric care, plus neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care in Rochester, 507-284-2511, 507-255-5123,

Children’s Heart Clinic

Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons specializing in infants and children in Minneapolis and St. Paul, plus nine other locations, 612-813-8800, 651-220-8800,

Shriners Hospital for Children, Twin Cities

The Twin Cities location of the International Shriners Hospitals for Children, with specialties in pediatric orthopaedics and burn injuries, 612-596-6100,

Courage Center, Child and Teen Therapy

Four pediatric specialty locations in the metro for kids and teens with disabilities, 888-846-8253,

Where To Find Special Needs Programs

Summer camps and year-round enrichment programs for kids with all kinds of needs exist in the Twin Cities. Consider St. David’s Center ( in Minnetonka, where inclusion is the philosophy. Students learn in integrated early-childhood programs and classrooms and on the state’s first toddler-specific playground that integrates nature.

The Courage Center ( offers vocational services for teens with disabilities to help them identify career-related strengths and interests, as well as a college preview camp.

For more information on camps and activities for children with special needs, contact the Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs office at 800-728-5420, or

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