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MinneMinds Members

On Thursday this week, We had a great team testifying with Representative Ron Kresha on behalf of HF1997, a bi-partisan bill supported by the MinneMinds coalition that increases resources for our youngest and most vulnerable children. Testifiers included Local parent TraNecia Sylvester, who gave a moving testimony about her families success story thanks in part […]

MinneMinds Hearing Thursday March 16th, 2017 at 1 pm.

MinneMinds Members, The legislature will be holding an IMPORTANT HEARING THIS WEEK related to the MinneMinds legislative agenda. Please come to Thursday’s hearing for a great chance to show our collective support. Thursday, March 16, 1:00pm 5 State Office Building Representative Kresha (Bill Author) – H.F. 1997 Education Finance Committee, Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon Early […]

Three important Hearings THIS WEEK (Mon 3/6, Tues 3/7, Wed 3/8)

This coming week the legislature will be holding at least three hearings related to the MinneMinds legislative agenda. Please come to these hearings for a great chance to show support the home visiting and scholarship portions of our policy agenda. There are three hearings, two in the Senate and another one in the House of […]

Advocacy for Children Day at Capitol & MinneMinds Bill Introduction

ST PAUL, Minn. — A diverse group of over 700 children, parents, childcare providers, community leaders, advocates and lawmakers gathered in the Rotunda at the State Capitol yesterday, for what Sen. Carla Nelson shared with the audience  was “the biggest rally at the Capitol so far this year”. The event was held to give Minnesota […]

Tomorrow: Advocacy for Children Day at Capitol & MinneMinds Bill Introduction

Early learning advocates to rally in Rotunda on behalf of Minnesota’s youngest children & MinneMinds coalition will announce support for a bipartisan early childhood bill WHO: MinneMinds, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota’s Future, early learning advocates, educators, parents, children, legislators, and community members. WHAT: Rally in the State Capitol Rotunda to advocate for Minnesota’s youngest and most […]

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 […]