Nineteen Preschoolers Graduate Ready for Kindergarten!

Preschool graduation at Jeremiah marks an important milestone, not just for graduating preschoolers, but also for their mothers. Jeremiah strives to give families the tools they need to transform both generations, and while mothers are often highlighted, their children are working hard to prepare for kindergarten and beyond.

Both Jeremiah campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul offer onsite, high quality, 4-star Parent Aware Rated, Child Development Centers (CDCs). CDC managers and teachers partner with families, help children reach milestones, suggest strategies to help children thrive at school and at home, and encourage mothers to be active in their children’s classrooms. One important lesson is that mothers have a choice for their children’s continuing education. Minneapolis CDC manager Deb Brown says that part of the CDC’s job is also “getting the moms ready for kindergarten. It’s a big step and the teachers and I want the moms to be ready to build relationships with their children’s teachers and advocate for them.”

This fall, 19 children graduated from Minneapolis and St. Paul and will attend the following kindergartens: Hamline Elementary Lab School, Benjamin E. Mays IB World School, Maxfield Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Adams Elementary, Mounds Park Academy, Hope Academy, Kenwood Elementary, New City School, Armatage Elementary, Aquila Elementary, and Prodeo Academy. Congratulations to all our preschool graduates!

Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Welcomes New Executive Director Lonnie Pederson


FARGO, ND – Lonnie Pederson has joined Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead as the organization’s new executive director. Pederson joins Jeremiah Program after developing a Master of Arts in Leadership Program at the University of Jamestown, where she served as director of this program as well as an assistant professor. In addition to leadership and program growth, Pederson comes to Jeremiah Program with significant experience in fundraising and business development. Prior roles included serving as vice president at Sanford Health and holding several development roles at Concordia College, including director of the annual fund and external relations, director of annual giving and development associate. 

With a proven track record for developing lasting relationships both internally and externally as well as a long-range tenure in the Fargo-Moorhead community, Pederson is an ideal fit for continuing the growth and development of the Fargo-Moorhead campus. 

“Lonnie’s experience, personality, and track record of servant leadership will help us deliver our mission of transforming lives two generations at a time,” said Jonathan Warrey, chairman of the Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Board of Trustees. “We are delighted she is joining us and look forward to seeing her leadership and fresh ideas benefit our families.” 

Pederson’s background also includes several advanced degrees including: 

* A Doctorate of Education in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, 

* A Master of Science in Education and Cognate/Counseling from The University of North Dakota, and 

* A Bachelor of Science in Health and Psychology from Valley City State University. 

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to join a team of dedicated individuals, board members, and community members who have literally and figuratively built a strong foundation,” Pederson said. “I look forward to joining Jeremiah Program and building upon the existing partnerships and am committed to furthering the mission to transform families from poverty to prosperity.”