About MinneMinds

Who We Are

MinneMinds is a research-grounded consortium of supporting organizations and thought leaders from across the state with a common commitment to prioritizing Minnesota’s youngest in-need children as the most important investment for our state to make. Supporters vary greatly in specific interest, size, and geographic reach, representing the education community — from pre-K through high school — philanthropic organizations, and business and local chapters of national non-profits. We are dedicated to working with the public sector and local communities to align early learning efforts to help as many low income young children as possible.

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MinneMinds Executive Committee

  • Frank Forsberg, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Chair
  • Ann Mulholland, The Saint Paul Foundation
  • Barbara Milon, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
  • Barb Yates, Think Small
  • Daniel Gumnit, People Serving People
  • Denise Mayotte, The Sheltering Arms Foundation
  • Ericca Maas, Parent Aware for School Readiness
  • Luz Maria Frias, The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Carolyn Smallwood, Way To Grow
  • Kelly Wolfe, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Barb Fabre, White Earth Tribal Council
  • Bev Turner, Twin Cities Catholic Charities

MinneMinds Supporting Organizations

• 360 Communities
• A Chance to Grow
• Adopt A Classroom
• African American Leadership Forum
• Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
• Becker County Early Childhood Initiative
• Building Connections Early Childhood Initiative
• Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
• Centro, Inc.
• Charter School Partners
• Chicano Latino Affairs Council
• 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
• CLUES
• City of Saint Paul
• Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
• Creative Kids Academy
• Dodge Nature Preschool
• 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
• 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 Business for Early Learning
• Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN)
• 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 on Black Minnesotans
• Minnesota Council of Churches
• Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association
• Minnesota Head Start Association, Inc.
• Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association
• Minnesota Montessori Network
• Minnesota Literacy Council
• 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
• Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR)
• Parents United for Public Schools
• People Serving People
• Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
• Pillsbury United Communities
• 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 Family Partnership
• 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
• Grotto Foundation Inc.
• 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
• UCare
• United Ways of Minnesota
• West Central Initiative