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Forum Highlights Key Needs for State’s Children

Close to 1,000 legislators, business and community leaders, educators and others attended the 13th Annual Children and Youth Issues Briefing this morning. This forum addressed early childhood development and youth education highlighting pathways to close the opportunity gap.

These leaders shared insights, ideas and calls for action to significantly advance opportunities for quality development and education of our state’s children and youth. Discussions centered on giving families and children what they need to be fairly and justly included in our society, and preparing our children and youth to thrive at all stages of their growth.

Sarah Caruso, president and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way, was joined onstage by several young girl scouts during her closing remarks. She expressed her optimism and certainty that, “we in the state of Minnesota…can be a model for our country at a time where bipartisan solutions to some of our toughest problems are more important than ever.”

This event was hosted by the statewide Start Early Funder’s Coalition in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Sheltering Arms Foundation. Additional partners include the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council on Foundations.

Read more about the event and see more quotes from speakers like Governor Dayton’s chief of staff, Jaime Tincher, and House of Representatives Speaker Kurt Daudt in the Jan. 27 press release.

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