November 2020 News and Newsletter

Read our November 2020 e-newsletter about compensation reform here.

Also, a nice op-ed about the importance of closing achievement gaps by closing the opportunity gaps in access to high quality early care and education.

August News and Events

Nancy Jost, Co-Team Leader of Transforming Minnesota’s Early Childhood Workforce, is encouraging Congress to invest $50 million to save child care in the United States. Check out her letter to the editor in her local newspaper.

May- News + Events


The Vox: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith Have a Plan to Fix the Pandemic Child Care Crisis

Newsweek: Governors can reopen all they like. Without Childcare, Parents Can’t Work |Opinion

MinnPost: ‘We’re Going to Have to Start from Scratch’: How COVID-19 Could Wipe Out the Child Care Industry in Minnesota

The Nation: The Heartbreaking Choices Faced by Child Care Providers on the Front Lines

Opportunities Exchange: Reinvent vs. Rebuild: Let’s Fix the Child Care System


View Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division Meeting Notes HERE

Learn more about Child Care Aware Professional Development Opportunities HERE

NAEYC Trainings and Webinars can be found HERE

Recommendations for the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session

Truly transforming Minnesota so that all children have access to a qualified, diverse, supported and fairly compensated early childhood educator will take many years of policy changes, significant investment of resources and fervent commitment to the end goal.

This legislative session we are recommending changes that build on successful programs we already have in place in Minnesota; things that we already know work.  We have focused on initiatives that will help stem the tide of loss of early childhood teachers.  We have a crisis in our state and are recommending that Minnesota take steps now to address this crisis knowing that we still have work to do to fully reform the overall system.

EC Workforce Policy Recommendations for 2019

For more information about early childhood related legislation, we recommend Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s web page.  They do a fabulous job of putting out a weekly bill tracker and update about all things related to early childhood.  Child Care Aware of Minnesota Bill Tracker