About MinneMinds

Who We Are

MinneMinds, is a broad coalition of over 100 statewide organizations including foundations, nonprofits and advocacy groups, all united in prioritizing Minnesota’s youngest children as the most important investment for a stronger Minnesota. The MinneMinds agenda is supported by parents, early childhood care and education leaders, teachers, business leaders and community members united in making access to high-quality early care and education possible for every child in Minnesota.

For more information, please contact:

Alberto Monserrate, MinneMinds Campaign Manager
(612) 730-2071
alberto@newpublica.com

MinneMinds Executive Committee

• Acooa Ellis, MinneMinds Co-Chair, Greater Twin Cities United Way
• Ann Mulholland, MinneMinds Co-Chair, St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations
• Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
• Jim Bartholomew, Minnesota Business Partnership

• Denise Mayotte, Sheltering Arms Foundation
• Kelly Wolfe, Children’s Hospitals
• Carolyn Smallwood, Way to Grow
• Daniel Gumnit, People Serving People
• Barb Fabre, Consultant
• Laura La Croix Dalluhn, LaCroix Dalluhn Consulting
• Bharti Wahi, Children’s Defense Fund
• Patina Park, MN Indian Women’s Resource Center
• Andre Dukes, Northside Achievement Zone
• Kazoua Kong Thao, Hmong American Partnership
• Nancy Jost, West Central Initiative

MinneMinds Supporting Organizations

  • 360 Communities
  • A Chance to Grow
  • Adopt A Classroom
  • African American Leadership Forum
  • Aldrich School
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Becker County Early Childhood Initiative
  • Bloom Early Learning
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Centro Tyrone Guzman
  • Child Care Providers Together Local 3400–AFSCME
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Children’s Theatre Company
  • Children, Youth and Family Services Program – RCTC
  • Clay County Early Childhood Initiative
  • Close Gaps by 5
  • CLUES
  • City of Saint Paul
  • Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
  • Creative Kids Academy
  • Dodge Nature Preschool
  • Douglas County Early Childhood Initiative
  • East Neighborhood Services
  • Educators 4 Excellence
  • FamilyWise
  • First Children’s Finance
  • Focus on the Children Conference
  • Grant County Early Childhood Initiative
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
  • Growth and Justice
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
  • Health Partners
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
  • Jewish Community Action
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis
  • Joyce Preschool
  • Kids At Risk Action
  • LDA Minnesota
  • Lifetrack Resources
  • Mayflower Early Childhood Center
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Minnesota Achievement Gap Committee
  • Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education
  • Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Minnesota Career College Association
  • Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Minnesota Child Care Association
  • Minnesota Child Care Aware
  • Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting
  • Minnesota Community Education Association
  • Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Minnesota Council of Latino Affairs
  • Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association
  • Minnesota Head Start Association, Inc.
  • Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association
  • Minnesota Literacy Council
  • Minnesota Montessori Network
  • Minnesota Parent Teacher Association
  • Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance
  • Minnesota State Alliance of YMCA’s
  • Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)
  • Minnesota Working Family Resource Center
  • Montessori Center of Minnesota
  • Mountian Lake Early Childhood Initiative
  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Parents as Teachers
  • People Serving People
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • Playworks
  • Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
  • Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
  • Rasmussen College
  • Rochester Area Foundation
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota
  • Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
  • ServeMinnesota
  • Southside Family Nurturing Center
  • St. David’s Center
  • Stevens County Early Childhood Initiative
  • The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • The Family Partnership
  • The Family Place
  • Think Small
  • Way to Grow
  • White Earth Tribal Council
  • Working Family Resource Center
  • YWCA of Minneapolis

Select Research Sources

• Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
• University of Minnesota
• Wilder Research

(Updated June 17, 2015)

MinneMinds Supporting Coalitions

Start Early Funders Coalition:

• Blandin Foundation
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Foundation
• Delta Dental of MN Foundation
• F. R. Bigelow Foundation
• GHR Foundation
• Greater Twin Cities United Way
• Health Partners
• Initiative Foundation
• Knowledge Fund
• Mardag Foundation
• Medica Foundation
• Northland Foundation
• Northwest Minnesota Foundation
• Park Nicollet
• Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation
• Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
• Southwest Initiative Foundation
• The Minneapolis Foundation
• The Saint Paul Foundation
• The Sheltering Arms Foundation
• The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
• United Ways of Minnesota
• West Central Initiative