Join us on the playground as we explore Policies in Play!
Think Small believes that placing a priority on children and their families through access to high quality early childhood education is critical to closing Minnesota’s opportunity gap, thus eliminating the state’s achievement gap. Policy decisions that are in the best interest of children are in the best interest of communities and thus Minnesota’s future economic development.
The 2017 legislative session included several key changes to early care and education, including:
- Early Learning Scholarships Policy and Funding Changes
- Child Care Assistance Program Changes
- Department of Economic Development Child Care Grants
- Office of the Legislative Auditor Report (February 2018)
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Think Small is participating in Give to the Max Day on Nov. 17. The annual event, sponsored by GiveMN, encourages Minnesotans to donate to their favorite nonprofits and charities on the same day.
Launched in 2009, Give to the Max Day raised $14 million in just 24 hours its first year. Now, thousands of organizations take part in the event to help improve Minnesotan’s quality of life.
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By: Maya Fanjul-Debnam
The opportunity gap is one of the biggest obstacles our education system faces today.
As highlighted in a Minnpost op-ed written by Think Small President, Barbara Yates:
“Our achievement gaps start as opportunity gaps, where children do not have access to the opportunities they need to flourish and reach their full potential.”
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