Entries by MinneMinds News

What kind of early-education help do low-income parents want?

By Sondra Samuels and Barb Fabre | 01/30/17 There is strong bipartisan agreement about the need to help young Minnesota children living in low-income families access high-quality early-education programs so that we can close our worst-in-the-nation opportunity gap in education. While there is an amazing amount of consensus about that overall need, policymakers are still […]

MinneMinds coalition responds to Governors budget on early childhood

Yesterday, Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget that included early childhood development as a top priority. MinneMinds applauds the Governor’s continued leadership on behalf of Minnesota’s children. We agree with the governor that: “In addition to our moral responsibility to ensure that every child receives a world-class education, there is another important reason to make […]

Guest Opinion: Early learning scholarships bridge the urban-rural divide

By Rep. Ron Kresha and Sen. Melisa Franzen on Jan 12, 2017 at 12:32 a.m. Much has been said and written lately about a rural-urban divide in America. It’s increasingly apparent that sound public policy has to help families in communities of every description—urban, suburban, exurban, and rural. Minnesota’s Early Learning Scholarships is exactly that […]

Here’s how the 2017 session could impact education in Minnesota

By CHRISTOPHER MAGAN PUBLISHED: January 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm | UPDATED: January 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm Gov. Mark Dayton has spent much of his six years in office building a legacy largely focused on increasing the funding and reach of the public school system, especially for the state’s youngest learners. To cement that […]

Editorial: Coordinating ideas around Minnesota’s early-childhood work

By PIONEER PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD | December 28, 2016 at 12:23 am While research confirms the value of early- childhood advocates’ efforts, a hometown lawmaker observed that their work wasn’t necessarily in sync. When he arrived at the Minnesota Capitol after his election in 2014, Rep. Dave Pinto — long interested in the issue — […]

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

December 12, 20166:47 AM ET By: ERIC WESTERVELT If you got 13 percent back on your investments every year, you’d be pretty happy, right? Remember, the S&P 500, historically, has averaged about 7 percent when adjusted for inflation. What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but […]

We learned a lot in 2016 about how preschool can help kids

Claudio Sanchez · NPR · Dec 27, 2016 One of the most controversial questions in education has been whether preschool — and specifically Head Start — helps kids succeed as they move through elementary school. Critics have long noted, and research has supported, that the benefits of Head Start fade in a few years. It’s […]