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The Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative is a partnership of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIF’s). To learn more about the efforts in other MIF regions, visit the following sites:
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
West Central Initiative
Southwest Minnesota Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Alliance of Early Childhood Professionals
Engages in a variety of research, education and systems work directed toward increasing the recognition, respect, and compensation of the child development work force.
Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)
Works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families. Their primary mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.
Provides information and resources around the things that matter in our lives: money, health, jobs, school and family. The Beehive is a project by One Economy Corporation, a global nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
Child Care WORKS
A coalition of parents, caregivers, and children's advocates that strives to achieve high-quality, affordable, accessible child care for every Minnesota family when they need it.
Child Care Resource and Referral
A statewide network of community agencies offering comprehensive, individualized listings of child care and education options while also working to build a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families.
Nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth and families through research, data collection, and data analysis.
Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Serves as a bridge to a wide range of information and resources about children and families.
Children’s Defense Fund – MN
The mission of the CDF is to “Leave No Child Behind®” and to ensure every child a “Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start” in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
A non-partisan, non-profit corporate membership organization created to bring the private sector voice into the public dialogue on issues affecting working families.
Early Childhood Advocates
Goal is to generate awareness of Early Childhood Family Education / School Readiness (ECFE/SR) and the importance of early childhood and parenting education in general.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
A resource for all Minnesota families with children from birth to kindergarten enrollment.
Early Childhood Resource Center
A grassroots agency established in 1976 as a resource for building up families and communities to ensure the healthy development of all children.
Families and Work Institute
Addresses the changing nature of work and family life, and is committed to finding research-based strategies that foster mutually supportive connections among workplaces, families, and communities.
Promotes family support as the nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families.
Federal Reserve Special Studies on Early Childhood
Minneapolis Fed economists Art Rolnick and Rob Grunewald advocate an investment by the state of Minnesota in early childhood development programs.
Fight Crime Invest in Kids
A national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors.
Harvard Family Research
This project has helped develop strategies to promote the educational and social success and well-being of children, families and their communities.
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
National, university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the .
Interfaith Children's Advocacy Network
A statewide, interfaith network of child advocates whose faith convictions stir them to speak out for Minnesota children and take action to improve their lives.
Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MNAEYC)
Nonprofit association whose mission is to promote the professional growth and development of those who are committed to the care and education of young children. Affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MnAFEE)
Promotes communication, purposeful networking, staff development and evaluation activities that strengthen Early Childhood Family Education, School Readiness and other family and early education programs and initiatives.
Minnesota Business for Early Learning (MnBEL)
A 200-member organization of CEO's, senior executives and business leaders representing more than 100 companies and organizations focused on the role of business in the early learning and school readiness of pre-kindergarten children.
Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF)
Created to ensure that our children receive the resources to which they are entitled.
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network
This organization is building the profession of fatherhood practitioners and other family support service providers, increasing public awareness of fatherhood involvement, and strengthening Minnesota ’s families through the increased involvement of fathers in the lives of children.
Minnesota Head Start Association
Established to empower themselves as a united voice in speaking and acting on issues affecting low-income children and families.
Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association
Serves child and family child care providers to support the highest standard of care for children in licensed family child care homes through education, resources, recognition and advocacy.
Minnesota Parents Know
Minnesota Parents Know is a resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information that was one of Governor Tim Pawlenty's early childhood initiatives.
Minnesota Voices for Children
Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, teachers, early care and education professionals, and others from across the state to stand up and be counted as a voice for children. The event will include a rally in the Capitol Rotunda, fun activities for children, and opportunities to visit with legislators.
"Where Minnesota moms connect." A website providing area resources, a calendar of local family-friendly activities, discussion forums and more. Produced by the St. Cloud Times.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The Nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through grade three.
National Center for Children in Poverty
Identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
Provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards and works to promote family well being.
National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER)
Support early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Their goal is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision making affecting the lives of young children.
Ounce of Prevention Fund
Invests in the healthy development of at-risk infants, toddlers and preschool children.
Parents' Action for Children
National public awareness and engagement campaign to make early childhood development a top priority for our nation.
A public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.
Princeton Area Childhood Services Directory
An online directory with listings for programs, services, and resources for the Princeton , MN area, including an events calendar.
Promising Practices for School Readiness
Highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. Includes the classic studies of the Perry Preschool Project and the Chicago Child-Parent Centers .
Over the past three years, 64 Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative coalition communities have developed projects and activities that are replicable for other communities. These strategies have been compiled here into a master list that can serve as a source for ideas about literacy, community engagement, advocacy, and school readiness projects.
Ready for K
The mission is to assure that every young child in Minnesota enters kindergarten encouraged, supported, and fully prepared for learning success.
Success by Six, Souix Empire United Way
The goal of this community partnership is to help all children succeed for life by establishing a comprehensive response to the needs of young children and their families.
Born Learning (United Way)
Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into learning moments.
University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)
The goal of CEED is to improve developmental outcomes for children through Applied Research, Training and Outreach.
University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Provides a bridge to a wide range of information and resources about children and families. It connects research, teaching, policy, and community practice. Seeks to advance greater understanding, shared knowledge, and action that is informed and deliberate.
Way to Grow - Minneapolis
Helps parents prepare their young children for success in school by supporting and educating parents in their role as their child’s first - and most important – teacher. Way To Grow is a school readiness program that uses home visitors to promote learning of both parents and children.
The Working Family Resource Center (WFRC)
Sponsored by the St. Paul Public Schools, provides educational workshops and seminars at business sites to assist families (employees) with work and home issues.
Zero to Three
National nonprofit dedicated solely to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children.