When all Minnesota kids have the best possible start, we’re all better off!

The needs of Minnesota’s children should be met from pre-natal to age 5 with multi-generational solutions. Access to full-day, year-round early education and care puts children at the center and yields high return on investment by driving economic participation and growth.

MinneMinds has ONE policy goal:

To ensure all children are prepared to succeed in school and in life by addressing Minnesota’s critical need for access to high quality and culturally competent early care and education.

Success Stories – Joyce Preschool
Executive Director Laura Tompkins

The MinneMinds coalition has partners across the state that are informed by key values and child-centered approaches that provide meaningful and long-lasting positive benefits for Minnesota’s children and families.

One partner that is grounded in these values is Joyce Preschool. Their high-quality, research-driven and culturally relevant programming has delivered consistent results for children and parents alike. In a city where only 36% of Spanish-speaking students are kindergarten-ready, 100% of Joyce’s graduates in the past six years have been ready for kindergarten.

How is Joyce able to create success for its students and families? By providing programming that is culturally relevant, rooted in equity, multigenerational-focused, and parent directed…

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Video From Think Small: Macy started her child care program at age two, with no previous early learning experience. Since then, she’s blossomed. She is now the star student of her program and completely ready for kindergarten. An Early Learning Scholarship allowed her to start the program at a young age, since she lives in a Transformation Zone in Minnesota.Watch how her scholarships, combined with a high-quality program, have made all the difference for Macy.

Macy’s Story: Early Education at Age 2 Makes the Difference

MinneMinds has 3 policy objectives aimed at early learning’s most vital constituents:


Guarantee accessible, quality early care and education to financially challenged families of 0 to 5-year olds across Minnesota.


Provide supplemental funding and incentive for families seeking stable, high quality early learning settings.


Deliver consistently high-quality care and education through a stable market and financial incentives.