Entries by MinneMinds News

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 […]

Minnesota kindergartners ease into first grade after a year with all-day kindergarten

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE Britta Arendt, Grand Rapids Herald-Review September 9, 2015 Of the more than 847,000 students heading back to school across Minnesota this fall, approximately 58,800 are kindergartners – 99.6 percent of whom are attending school all-day, free of charge. Before implementation of state legislation passed in 2014, 54 percent of Minnesota children […]

MinneMinds Budget Deal Statement – Education Budget A Win For Families, Minnesota

LINK TO FULL RELEASE Education Budget A Win For Families, Minnesota SAINT PAUL, Minn. – June 5, 2015 – Today, Frank Forsberg, chair of the MinneMinds Coalition, made the following statement regarding the 2015 special session education finance bill: “The MinneMinds coalition congratulates state leaders on crafting a final education budget that supports our youngest […]

MinneMinds Coalition Statement on Governor Dayton’s Veto of Education Bill

LINK TO FULL RELEASE MinneMinds Coalition Statement on Governor Dayton’s Veto of Education Bill SAINT PAUL, Minn. – May 19, 2015 – Today, Frank Forsberg, chair of the MinneMinds Coalition, made the following statement regarding Governor Dayton’s veto of the education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature: “Governor Dayton has been an ardent supporter of […]