Entries by minneminds

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 […]

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 […]

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

January 3, 20177:00 AM ET Heard on All Things Considered By: JESSICA DEAHL   One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, “Who’s going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?” Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood […]

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 […]