Entries by Jorje Amerigo

MinneMinds Sunsets As Funders Shift to New, Exciting Strategies

In 2012, over one hundred Minnesota organizations united to help tackle one of the most important issues the state was facing: one of the worst-in-the-nation early childhood opportunity gaps among our youngest children. Nearly 50% of all Minnesota children were not ready for Kindergarten, and over 40,000 children didn’t have access to high-quality early care […]

End of Session Update — 2019

The 2019 legislative session is finally over. On Monday, May 20, the 2019 regular legislative session officially came to an end, and then the Governor called for a 22-hour special session on Friday, May 24th that lasted until 7 a.m. Saturday, May 25th, to pass the state’s final budget. During a press conference on Sunday, […]

Letter to Conferees – 2019

Health and Human Services Conferee Letter May 2, 2019 Dear Health and Human Services Conference Committee Members: The MinneMinds Coalition thanks members of the House and Senate for advocating for Minnesota’s youngest and most vulnerable children. We also thank Chairs Liebling and Benson for their leadership on behalf of children. We know this work has […]

Parents and Early Childhood Advocates Urge Minnesota Lawmakers To Prioritize Early Childhood Funding to Address Early Childhood Care and Education Crisis

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota — On Thursday, several parents and early childhood advocates urged Minnesota lawmakers to prioritize early childhood funding and address Minnesota’s early childhood care and education crisis at New Horizon Academy. Located in Brooklyn Park, New Horizon Academy is a four-star Parent Aware institution committed to providing high-quality care. Advocates at the event […]

MinneMinds Responds to Governor Walz’s Budget Proposal on Early Childhood

Last week, Governor Walz released his 2020-2021 budget recommendations that included investments to support early childhood development. MinneMinds applauds the Governor’s leadership on behalf of Minnesota’s children. As a statewide coalition with over 100 members, MinneMinds is dedicated to equitable access to high quality, mixed delivery, accessible and culturally competent early childhood care and education. […]

A MinneMinds Call to Action for Our Youngest Children

The 2019 legislative session brings a new opportunity to significantly expand access to high-quality early childhood programs. With 90% of brain development occurring by age five, investing in early childhood helps every child have an equitable opportunity to excel in their future education. It is important we take bold action this session towards closing the […]

Success Stories – Montessori American Indian Childcare Center

LaVon Lee – Program Director Creating quality cultural programs using indigenous learning methods and practices is an approach making the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center (MAICC) an innovative and successful educational model. Established in 2014, MAICC’s mission is to “access the early childhood needs and academic achievement gap of American Indian children through revitalizing the […]

Success Stories – Way to Grow

Carolyn Smallwood – CEO Megan McLaughlin – Program Director Way to Grow was founded with one promise: to work every day to change the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Way to Grow supports families with children from birth to age eight, and believes that every one of their neighbors is a valued […]

Success Stories – Listos Preschool and Childcare

Courtney Caron – Program Director Christina Valdez – Executive Director Having opened in the fall of 2015, Listos Preschool and Childcare is Rochester’s first dual immersion early learning program, which provides a diverse, inclusive, high-quality bilingual education. The guiding mission is apparent in the name Listos, which means both smart and ready in Spanish, the […]

Advocacy for Children Day

Hundreds of advocates to rally in support of early childhood care and education WHO: 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 […]