Entries by MinneMinds News

Success Stories – Northside Achievement Zone

Sondra Samuels – President & CEO One of Minnesota’s pioneering early childhood care and education leaders, the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) has been a positive force for children and families in Minneapolis since its beginning in 2012. A collaborative of over 40 partners, their community-focused approach has provided strong education outcomes for youth, compassionate guidance […]

Gubernatorial Questionnaire Answers

With only a few short weeks until the 2018 Primary Election and only a few short months from the 2018 General Election, MinneMinds is reaching out to candidates of both parties to keep early childhood care and education as a top issue in their agenda. We reached out to each of the candidates running for […]

Letter to Conferees

May 11, 2018 Dear Supplemental Finance Bill Conferees, As we approach the end of session, the MinneMinds coalition would like to remind Minnesota lawmakers that today over 35,000 children in our state don’t have access to quality early childhood care and education. With a $329 million surplus, and our state facing one of the worst […]

Success Stories – YWCA Minneapolis

Vice President of Early Childhood Education – Stephanie Thomas Located in the heart of Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities, YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers are immersive, high-quality child care centers that provide a superb education for children, and fully engage parents and families with an array of supportive programming. Four-Star Parent Aware-rated facilities, the Centers […]

MinneMinds Response to OLA Report on Early Childhood Education

MinneMinds Response to OLA Report on Early Childhood Education The MinneMinds early childhood coalition is in agreement with many of the findings and recommendations from the Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) report on Early Childhood Education. The report outlines the strengths of early childhood care and education in Minnesota as well as areas that […]

Success Stories – Invest Early

Executive Director – Jan Reindl The need for high-quality early childhood care and education is growing, especially in greater Minnesota. Research also shows that investing in early childhood care and education provides a strong return on investment and positive outcomes for Minnesota’s most vulnerable children and families. One provider that is delivering high-quality early childcare […]

Success Stories – Playhouse Childcare Center, Inc.

Center Director Heather Freese On January 22nd, the MinneMinds campaign hosted a gubernatorial conversation in St. Cloud, Minnesota featuring two candidates for governor, State Representatives Tina Liebling and Erin Murphy. As our first forum in Greater Minnesota, it was an opportunity for candidates to learn more about some of the unique challenges many families and […]

Success Stories – Joyce Preschool

Executive Director Laura Tompkins The MinneMinds coalition has partners across the state that embrace key values, provide innovation, and take child-centered approaches that provide meaningful and long-lasting positive benefits for Minnesota’s children and families. These programs are leading the way in providing high-quality early childhood care and education. MinneMinds knows that high-quality early childhood care […]

Community Conversation on Early Childhood with GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Minneapolis. – Minnesota has made considerable progress investing in our state’s earliest learners, but much work remains. Looking ahead, a new governor in 2018 will play a pivotal role in deciding the direction and importance of early childhood care and education in Minnesota. MinneMinds is sponsoring a second community conversation hosted by People Serving People […]

Minnesota’s Future for Early Childhood

DFL gubernatorial candidates to outline their vision for early care and education Minneapolis. – Minnesota’s next governor will play a pivotal role in determining the future of early childhood care and education in our state. While significant progress has been made in investing in our children, more work must be done to provide access for […]