About MinneMinds

Who We Are

MinneMinds is a coalition of 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, philanthropic organizations, business and non-profits. We are committed to equitable access to high quality, accessible and culturally competent early childhood care and education.

MinneMinds Executive Committee

• Frank Forsberg, GTCUW
• Ann Mulholland, St. Paul Foundation

• Denise Mayotte, Sheltering Arms Foundation
• Kelly Wolfe, Children’s Hospitals
• Carolyn Smallwood, Way to Grow
• Daniel Gumnit, People Serving People
• Barb Fabre, White Earth Child Care
• Bev Turner, Catholic Charities
• 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

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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