The Wisest Choices Minnesota Can Make for Early Learning

BarbaraYates-HeadshotBy: Barbara Yates, President and CEO of Think Small

We’ve heard it before.

If everything is your priority, then nothing is your priority.

Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.

But, it’s true. Budgets are important. It’s how we know if elected officials are putting their money where their mouth is. It’s how we know what will get done, and what won’t.

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Make a Difference During Week of the Young Child 2016

WYOC 2016The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  We are thrilled to be a part of the annual event, with a focus on advocacy efforts and opportunities during the Week of the Young Child, April 11-15, 2016.

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Parent Aware is the Backbone of Early Learning in Minnesota

PA Eval ImageMinnesota is grappling with a tough question: How do we best improve the early learning landscape in our state?

It’s important to note that this question presumes an acceptance of the importance of early learning opportunities. We are fortunate to be having this conversation, and it’s an enormous opportunity to make a difference for our state, economy, and future.

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Federal Education Policy Trends Examined at Policy Hour

March 2016 Policy HourOur March 1, 2016 Policy Hour featured Dan Solomon, Field Representative to Senator Al Franken. While congress has been rather unproductive as of late, Solomon shared some bright spots and opportunities for national progress, especially related to our youngest learners. Senator Franken’s membership on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee provides him with a way to address many issues that impact children and families.

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