Our Policy and Advocacy Agenda
Issues We Lead:
- Protect and increase existing early childhood investments, including the expansion of state reimbursement rates for early childhood care and education providers to promote greater stability across the sector’s workforce.
Issues We Support:
- Expand funding and policies to advance afterschool, summer youth enrichment and career pathway programs.
Issues We Endorse:
- Maintain federal conformity for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to fully access federal funds.
- Expand access to high-quality early care and education to all families from low-wealth households.
- Advance policies to reduce student financial responsibilities for post-secondary education.
80% of brain development occurs by age 3, and during these critical years, many of poverty’s challenges can inhibit young children’s development and educational success.
Gaps in opportunity begin early on and persist through adulthood. In Minnesota, children facing persistent poverty are:
13% less likely to graduate high school
29% less likely to enroll in post-secondary education
36% less likely to retain consistent employment
High School Graduation Rates
In the greater Twin Cities, 1 out of 5 students does not graduate from high school on time.
Access to Quality Child Care
More than 33,000 children across Minnesota are unable to access quality early childhood care and education during their most critical years for learning.