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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ESSA Signed into Law, Focuses on Early Learning

Essa Signing_2A new education law came out of Washington D.C. recently with strong bipartisan support. The new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, eliminates No Child Left Behind and brings back more state and local control over education.

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