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:
MinneMindsGreater Twin Cities United WayMinnesota’s Futureearly learning advocates, educators, parents, children, legislators, and community members.

WHAT:
Rally in the State Capitol Rotunda to advocate for Minnesota’s youngest and most vulnerable children. With an estimated 10,000 Minnesota children annually born into poverty, they are at risk of not having a strong foundation for lifelong development.

Event organizers say there is growing bipartisan support for more resources for quality early care and education along with voluntary, targeted home visiting. They point to these as proven methods of ensuring a better future for the state’s youth and the state. They further state their goals are to eliminate Minnesota’s education opportunity gap and for increased investments in early childhood development for at-risk children, ages prenatal to 5. The MinneMinds coalition will also announce support for a bipartisan early childhood bill tomorrow.

Among the scheduled speakers are state Sen. Carla Nelson; state Rep.  Ron Kresha; and Greater Twin Cities United Way President and CEO Sarah Caruso. Their remarks, along with other state leaders and advocates, will focus on the need to reach consensus on increasing access to quality early childhood care and education for low-income children. Several legislators from both parties will attend and read books to children at the Rotunda before the rally.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 2, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155