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The 2016 Legislative Session begins today…

Given that it is the second year of this Legislative Session and therefore a bonding year, spending and policy changes may or may not happen. In fact, Senator Wiger reminded us last week during a Senate Education Committee hearing that there will either be a spending target, or there will not be. Stakeholders testified, including Parents United […]

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We’re Listening: Early Learning in Minnesota

We’re Listening:
Duluth: Tuesday, November 3, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Duluth Downtown, 200 W. 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Early Learning in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Education, in partnership with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Minnesota’s Future, is holding regional community listening sessions to learn how we can be more effective in linking policies, programs and practices to ensure every child in Minnesota has a high-quality early education.
What early learning experiences are working for young children and families in your community?
Where are the gaps in your early childhood system?
How can we support building the capacity of the early childhood workforce in your community?
Information discussed and themes that arise will be documented and shared with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and the Children’s Cabinet for consideration while planning effective prenatal through 3rd grade policies, programs and practices.
Other statewide sessions:
Twin Cities Metro Area: Monday, November 26:00-7:30 p.m.
Conference Center A, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Hwy 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
Bemidji: Tuesday, November 3, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Northwest MN Foundation, 201 3rd Street NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Fergus Falls: Wednesday, November 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
West Central Initiative, 1000 Western Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 55637
Little Falls: Wednesday, November 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Initiative Foundation, 405 1st St SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
Willmar: Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Willmar Public Library, 410 5th ST SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Owatonna: Monday, November 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Steele County History Center, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060
To register for the session nearest you,

When registering, please provide your name, email address and optionally your role in your community (parent, provider, school district staff, policy maker, etc). See you there!

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Key committee rejects universal, all-day preschool bill 

Hank Long, Session Daily, February 24, 2015 A bill that would give school districts the opportunity to offer all-day preschool to 4-year-olds stalled Tuesday in the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) began her push for universal, voluntary pre-kindergarten in the public schools during the 2014 legislative session, saying Minnesotans are frustrated […]

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Progress for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Marian Wright Edelman, Huffington Post, December 12, 2014 On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development […]

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Advocacy Workshop — Early Childhood Education

The training will cover the advocacy essentials:

  • How a Bill Becomes a Law and the legislative process
  • Build a relationship with your legislator
  • Use social media as an advocacy tool. 

Video streaming is available

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Heed the president’s call for early childhood education

Patty Born Selly, MinnPost, February 3, 2014 – Once again, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to ask Congress to help states fund early childhood education. The fact that he needed to raise the issue again is a signal that our nation is not yet taking seriously the opportunity to truly improve […]

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New study: High-quality preschool for poor kids under 3 would eliminate achievement gap

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 20, 2014 – Talk about your cost-benefit analysis: A newly published study co-authored by a University of Minnesota labor economist predicts that providing full-time, high-quality preschool to impoverished children under the age of 3 could entirely eliminate the achievement gap. There’s more: The study [PDF], published in the Journal of Human Resources, also found […]

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Early-ed advocates hope to expand scholarships, end per-child cap

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 14, 2014 – Never mind the long list of groups eyeing the state’s projected $1.1 budget surplus, advocates are betting they can make the case that full funding for early-childhood education scholarships for needy families should top the list. Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, has already introduced legislation proposing to increase the […]

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More Minnesota preschoolers ready for kindergarten, study shows

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, December 11, 2013 – More Minnesota preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, a key indicator of future academic success. That’s a result of the latest study of kindergarten preparedness the Minnesota Department of Education released Wednesday. It found 73 percent of children surveyed had the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten classrooms in […]

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Minnesota’s early learning efforts get national forum

Chuck Slocum, Star Tribune, November 3, 2013 – I recently attended a birthday party to celebrate and honor 40 years of service by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Truth be told, I think I was a last-minute invite because Edelman knew I was a Republican businessman who has been working on early […]

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