Community Conversation on Early Childhood with GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Minneapolis. – Minnesota has made considerable progress investing in our state’s earliest learners, but much work remains. Looking ahead, a new governor in 2018 will play a pivotal role in deciding the direction and importance of early childhood care and education in Minnesota.

MinneMinds is sponsoring a second community conversation hosted by People Serving People with Republican gubernatorial candidates focused on early childhood issues facing Minnesota. The conversation will focus on ensuring Minnesota’s early childhood care and education opportunities are high-quality, multi-generational, equitable, culturally relevant, and accessible for children and families with the highest needs. Additional discussion will focus on the unique early childcare issues related to workforce and economic development.

Announced GOP Candidates Invited:
State Representative Matt Dean (Confirmed)
Former Chairman of the MN Republican Party Keith Downey
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (Confirmed)
State Senator David Osmek
Former Navy Research Intelligence Officer Phillip Parrish (Confirmed)
Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens

People Serving People – Center of Excellence
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Wednesday, December 6
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Hosted By:
People Serving People

In Partnership with:
Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, Children’s Minnesota, First Children’s Finance, Generation Next, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Growth & Justice, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Joyce Preschool, Kids at Risk Action, Minnesota Child Care Association, Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting, MnAEYC-MnSACA, Northside Achievement Zone, People Serving People, Safe Passage for Children, The Sheltering Arms Foundation, Start Early Funders Coalition, Think Small, YWCA of Minneapolis

About the MinneMinds Coalition
MinneMinds is supported by a broad base of nearly 100 statewide organizations and thought leaders with a common commitment to prioritizing Minnesota’s youngest children as the most pressing need and important investment for Minnesota. For more information visit

About People Serving People
People Serving People is the region’s largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter. People Serving People helps homeless and at-risk children and their families manage crisis situations and build a strong foundation for their long-term success. For more information visit: