Hundreds of advocates to rally in support of early childhood care and education
MinneMinds, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota’s Future, early learning advocates, educators, parents, children, legislators, and community members.WHAT:
St. Paul, Minn. – Join hundreds of early childhood learning advocates, parents, and children from across the state on March 29th, as they stand up and encourage legislators to support Minnesota’s youngest and most vulnerable children at Advocacy for Children Day. Advocates will remind lawmakers that high quality early childhood care and education is the best way to close one of the worst in the nation opportunity gaps.
Over 35,000 children in the state of Minnesota still don’t have access to quality early care and education. This day is an opportunity for parents, teachers, early care and education professionals, and others from across the state to stand up and raise their voices for children, and to make sure early childhood care and education is a priority in policy discussions and legislation.
Several legislators from both parties will attend and read books to children at the Rotunda before the rally.
9:00-9:30 am: Children’s Entertainment
9:30-10:00 am: Children “story time” & fun activities
10:00-11:00 am: Rally in the Capitol Rotunda
11:00-4:00 pm: Visit with Legislators
Senator Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids)
Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis)
Representative Ron Kresha (R-Little Falls)
Representative Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley)
Minnesota Children’s Cabinet Executive Director Kelly Monson
Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
75 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155
Thursday, March 29
MinneMinds is a broad coalition of over 100 statewide organizations, foundations, and advocacy groups united in prioritizing Minnesota’s youngest children as the most pressing need and important investment for Minnesota. We are supported by advocates, parents, early-ed and care leaders, teachers, businesses, community members in making this possible for every child in Minnesota regardless of zip code.
We share a vision where all children in Minnesota are ready for kindergarten by providing equitable access to high quality, culturally competent, year-round, all day early childhood programs that support the needs of both families and children from prenatal to age 5. Learn more at www.minneminds.org
About Greater Twin Cities United Way
Ranked as Minnesota’s largest nongovernmental social services funder, United Way connects people and resources within our community to challenge and change systems—like Minnesota’s education and jobs gap—that limit our potential. Our mission is to unite caring people to build pathways out of poverty, thereby improving individual lives and the community. Learn more at https://www.gtcuw.org/ and about our 24-hour, statewide, multilingual information and referral service, United Way 2-1-1 at http://www.211unitedway.org/. Greater Twin Cities United Way serves Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties. For more information call (612) 340-7400.
Advocacy for Children Day is possible thanks to the partnership with
Minnesota’s Future Allies:
Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) & Minnesota School Age Care Alliance (MnSACA)
Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE)
Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA)
Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting
Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA)
Minnesota Head Start Association
Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association (MLFCCA)