Entries by minneminds

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 […]

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 […]