Who we are

The Design Team began meeting in early 2014 and added professional facilitation and project management in the summer of 2014. The first year was spent building a shared understanding of Pre-K to 3 by working through a framework for planning, implementing and evaluating Pre-K to third grade approaches. Following the 2015 legislative session, staff at the Minnesota Department of Education approached the Design Team and asked it to provide specific input and insight into how Minnesota could develop a statewide, voluntary preschool system for four year olds that includes mixed delivery options for families and communities.

Name Organization Email Affiliation for Outreach?
Debbie Hewitt (Co-Lead) Minnesota Department of Education debbie.hewitt@state.mn.us MDE conferences, multiple associations, organizations
Roz Zuest (Co-Lead) Minnesota Department of Human Services Rosalyn.b.zuest@state.mn.us DHS conferences, multiple associations and organizations
Sharon Bergen Dakota Community and   Technical College Sharon.bergen@dctc.edu Community Colleges, NAEYC, Educator Associations, ACCESS (2-year college)
Layna Cole Minnesota State University Moorhead colela@mnstate.edu Mn Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MnAECTE)
Melvin Carter Governor’s Children Cabinet Melvin.Carter@state.mn.us Governor, Lt Governor
Kelly Monson Governor’s Children Cabinet Kelly.Monson@state.mn.us. Back-up for Melvin Carter
Molly Harney University of Minnesota, Duluth mharney@d.umn.edu University of Minnesota, 4 year colleges, IHE associations
Dianne Haulcey Think Small dhaulcy@thinksmall.org Clinton Global Initiative (?), MLFCCA, providers, Voices and Choices for Children
Rae Jean Hansen Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation raejeanh@smifoundation.org Minnesota Initiative Foundations
Ann McCully Child Care Aware of MN AnnM@Childcareawaremn.org Child Care Aware – statewide, MN Futures
Christa Anders Advance Consulting/McKnight/West Central Initiative christa@advance-consulting.com Facilitator
Erin Troedson Intern from University of Minnesota troed007@umn.edu
%d bloggers like this: