Early Learning Scholarship Helps Prepare Child for Kindergarten

Meet Lisa Wilson. She is a single mother to a rambunctious 4 year-old. They try hard to make ends meet every month, but sometimes it just didn’t work out. Child care is a huge expense, and Lisa knew her daughter was not on track to be ready for kindergarten. Lisa felt trapped, knowing that her daughter needed to get on a better path to success. An Early Learning Scholarship changed everything.

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MNStreams.org Changing to Develop in Summer 2016

Beginning July 1, 2016, MNStreams.org – Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s current online catalog for face-to-face trainings – will no longer be accessible. In its place, early learning and school-age care professionals will be able to search and register for trainings approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) using Develop, Minnesota’s Quality Improvement and Registry Tool.

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New Evaluation Highlights Positive Impact of Early Learning Scholarships

The Minnesota Department of Education delivered an evaluation of Early Learning Scholarships to the Minnesota Legislature this week, which found that children who receive Early Learning Scholarships are making significant gains in the skills they need for school and life. This is the first evaluation of the program.

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Pheng’s Story: Spreading the Impact of Parent Empowerment

This is the third in a series of videos showing the impact high-quality early learning has on children, families and child care providers across Minnesota. Check back here for a new video every week in January.

We help parents learn the importance of their role as a child’s first teacher. Parents like Pheng, who is a great mom to begin with, learned a lot in our Parent Empowerment program, particularly that children need to start getting ready to succeed in school long before their fourth birthday. Pheng listened, took action, and is now making a difference in the Hmong community educating other parents on their important roles.

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Early Learning Scholarship Changes Bobbi’s Family Forever

This is the second in a series of videos showing the impact high-quality early learning has on children, families and child care providers across Minnesota. Check back here for a new video every week in January.

Chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about Early Learning Scholarships, but I’m guessing you’ve never heard from a family impacted by one. That may be because only 12% of children from eligible families for scholarships receive one.

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Respond Now! Your input needed for Child Care Business Update

kid workingEvery year, Think Small collects valuable information about all licensed child care programs in the metro area on behalf of the Department of Human Services. This provides the most up to date information for:

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Register for Free Healthy Eating Training for Child Care Providers

harvest kids 2Healthy eating habits are important, especially for young children in the U.S. Unfortunately; childhood obesity has skyrocketed in recent years, setting many children on an unhealthy path. That’s just one reason Early Sprouts is such an important program.

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MN DHS Dives into New Federal Guidelines at Policy Hour

MN Future LogoThe first Minnesota’s Future Policy Hour of 2016 took place at Think Small’s Minneapolis office featuring leaders from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to discuss the re-authorization of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

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Quality Child Care Impacts Karen Community in Minnesota

This is the first in a series of videos showing the impact high-quality early learning has on children, families and child care providers across Minnesota. Check back here for a new video every week in January.

Meet Rutha Kyi. Rutha is a refugee from Burma, who worked hard to provide for her children and mother when arriving in Minnesota at the age of 36. Overcoming many obstacles, she started her own child care program and continuously worked to improve the quality of her care. Now, she is able to provide quality early learning opportunities for children in her community, setting them on a path for success in school and life. See how she did it. (Link/Embed)

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Partnership Brings Reading Corps into Child Care Settings

reading corps partnership_We are very proud to partner with Minnesota Reading Corps to bring early learning experts into family child care settings to work directly with children and child care providers on early literacy. This partnership is producing amazing results. Check out this video to see how it works.

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