Children’s Dental Services: providing care at North End Elementary
Children's Dental Services (CDS) was established in 1919 and its mission is to improve the dental health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to the diverse Minnesota community. CDS is a non-profit public health dental clinic that provides culturally targeted dental care to low-income children and pregnant women. A hallmark of CDS is its work to eliminate cultural and lingual barriers to care through the provision of culturally targeted and translated services. CDS has a multilingual, multicultural staff, collectively speaking 15 different languages and hailing from 18 different countries. CDS accepts all forms of public and private dental insurance and has a sliding fee scale for low-income families that are not eligible for dental insurance. CDS is headquartered in Northeast Minneapolis but has staff located across the state.
CDS is a pioneer of Head Start site-based dental care: it was the first in the nation to provide on-site dental care within Head Start centers. To reduce transportation barriers CDS operates a network of portable care across Minnesota. This equipment is collapsed into suitcases and can be transported and used in virtually any setting. Using this model, CDS continues to be a major provider of services to schools and Head Start centers across Minnesota. Additionally CDS provides hospital care, including intravenous sedation, and endodontia to its patients. CDS operates out of more than 100 clinical locations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and provides comprehensive preventative services in the Duluth School District and the St Cloud school District.
CDS is currently providing care at North End elementary school and CDS expanded services in 2009 to provide care in all of the St Paul public elementary schools. CDS has been and will continue to do outreach in these communities to let them know of this resource in their community. CDS is actively seeking consent for care from parents in this region. Interested families should contact CDS at 612-746-1530 or their school nurse.