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Minnesota’s Reality. Nearly 50 percent of kids aren’t ready for kindergarten: Kids that start behind often never catch up. Some of the worst achievement gaps in the nation: Achievement gaps begin early, long before kindergarten. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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1Minnesotas RealityNearly 50 percent of kids arent ready for kindergarten: Kids that start behind often never catch up.

Some of the worst achievement gaps in the nation: Achievement gaps begin early, long before kindergarten.

A statewide problem: Not an urban problem or a rural problem, this is a statewide problem, impacting every community in Minnesota.

Unprecedented, unnecessary costs: Each unprepared child costs the state of Minnesota $56,000 over their lifetime. Today, that equates to a total of $860 million per year in unnecessary expenditures.

Minnesota faces a startling reality: Nearly 50 percent of children in our state begin kindergarten not fully prepared with the skills necessary to succeed in school. When kids arent prepared early, it impacts all of us. Minnesota has some of the worst achievement gaps in the nation and we know those achievement gaps begin early, long before kindergarten. Local and national research finds that kids that start behind are more likely to never catch up. They are more likely to require remedial education, special education and disruptive discipline. They are more likely to go to jail. And exponentially less likely to graduate from college, get a good job, and become a positively contributing member of society.

This is not exclusively an urban problem or a rural problem. It is a statewide problem, impacting every community in Minnesota.

The costs to the individual child are detrimental. The costs to society are alarming: A recent report release by Wilder Research finds that each unprepared child costs the state of Minnesota $56,000 over their lifetime. Today, that equates to a total of $860 million per year in unnecessary expenditures.

2Minnesota is Ready for the Next StepLEADERSHIP: The state has created the necessary leadership and infrastructure to advance policy efforts focused on our youngest residents:Governors leadershipChildrens CabinetEarly Learning CouncilOffice of Early Learning

QUALITY: Race to the Top funding and statewide expansion of the Parent Aware quality rating and improvement system

ACCESS: It is time to address the most critical issue preventing Minnesota kids from being adequately prepared for school : access to quality early care and education programs. 3Minnesota is at an urgent crossroads. Its time to take on the next big thing for early childhood in Minnesota.

The state has created the necessary leadership and infrastructure to advance policy efforts focused on our youngest residents:Governors leadershipChildrens CabinetEarly Learning CouncilOffice of Early Learning

Race to the Top funding and statewide expansion of the Parent Aware have established the foundation for us to focus our attention on a single, coordinated agenda.

Its time for all of us to who are dedicated to ensuring Minnesotas kids have the best possible start to come together to build on the progress of the past and the momentum of the last year to move the needle even further.

It is time to address the most critical issue preventing Minnesota kids from being adequately prepared for school : access to quality early care and education programs.We Know What WorksWe know what quality early learning is and the impact on all children when every child starts school prepared to learn.

We know that an early investment in ensuring quality has exponential long-term benefits for childrens academic and social success.

We know that Parent Aware can successfully assess quality and drive continuous improvement.

We know that financial support incentivizes providers to improve quality and increased family demand for quality programs. 4We know what works:We know what quality early learning is and the impact on all children when every child starts school prepared to learn. We know that an early investment in ensuring quality has exponential long-term benefits for childrens academic and social success. We know that Parent Aware can successfully assess quality and drive continuous improvement. We know that financial support incentivizes providers to improve quality and increased family demand for quality programs. When Minnesotas kids have the best possible start were all better offQuality early care and education helps:

All of Minnesotas kids and families: reducing the burden on taxpayers by ensuring classrooms are filled with kids prepared to learn

Our K-12 education system: reducing the need for expensive remedial education, disruptive discipline and special education programs. Getting children ready is the first step for improving K-12 education

The future of Minnesota: when kids start school ready, they are more likely to fill high-demand jobs and contribute to Minnesotas economic prosperity5We know that when Minnesotas kids have the best possible start were all better off: Quality early care and education helps:All of Minnesotas kids and families: reducing the burden on taxpayers by ensuring classrooms are filled with kids prepared to learnOur K-12 education system: reducing the need for expensive remedial education, disruptive discipline and special education programs. Getting children ready is the first step for improving K-12 education The future of Minnesota: when kids start school ready, they are more likely to fill high-demand jobs and contribute to Minnesotas economic prosperity

It is with this framework, knowledge and momentum that weve developed MinneMinds: Our kids. Our Future. Our Investment a campaign that aims to advance our work even further.

MinneMinds Policy GoalTo address Minnesotas critical need for increased access to high quality early care and education opportunities to ensure all children are prepared to succeed in school and life.

6MinneMinds is a statewide campaign to address Minnesotas critical need for increased access to high-quality early care and education opportunities to ensure all children are prepared to succeed in school and life.

The campaign focuses on a phased approach to ensuring access to quality for children age 0 to third grade. MinneMinds Policy AgendaPhase IIncreasing access to quality programs for 3-4 year-old children and their younger siblings living at or below 185% poverty through additional resources

Phase IIAccess to quality care, home visiting and mentoring for families of 0-2 year olds (infants and toddlers)

Phase IIIAdequate funding for quality K-3rd grade education

Phase IVPermanent endowed funding to ensure all Minnesota kids have access to quality early care and education

7The MinneMinds policy agenda aims to achieve this goal through increased public investment in programs proven to adequately prepare children for school and life. The campaign defines quality based on the Parent Aware rating system.

The initial phase, launched this 2013 legislative session, focuses on scholarships for 3- and 4-year-olds (and their younger siblings) living at or below 185% of poverty.

Phase II of the MinneMinds agenda focuses on 0-2 year olds and their families. The campaign is working identify effective ways to ensure access to quality care and home visiting programs and services during this critical period of early development and to align with the priorities of the Early Learning Council as they relate to this age group.

The third phase will focus on building the bridge to quality within the K-12 system, focused on K-3rd grade.

(Refer to policy agenda handout for more detailed policy description.)

Eligible children:3- and 4-year-old children living at or below 185% of poverty (plus younger siblings)Licensed center-based child careLicensed familychild carePreschool programsPublicschool-based programsHead StartEarly Learning Scholarships: Prepare Kids for School & Lifelong Success

All children enter kindergarten fully prepared to succeed in school and lifeFY2014FY2015FY2016FY2017FY2018FY201913,640 kids $78,370,000 16,810 kids $106,875,000 19,200 kids $130,580,000 20,240 kids $149,500,000 20,240 kids $150,000,000 20,240 kids $150,000,000

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Return on InvestmentEligible programs: Parent Aware rated or on path to quality ratingPolicy Proposal & Impact of the InvestmentScholarship(Average $6,000) Funding levels based on anticipated maximum participation rate of 70% of 3- and 4-year-olds living at or below 185% of poverty.Heres a more detailed look at MinneMinds current policy agenda making its way through the legislative process right now. This policy is about scholarships that support access and enhance quality.

We are advocating for significant investment in a proven scholarship model to allow families to choose quality early learning opportunities that fit their needs and prepare their children for lifelong success.

Thanks to the work of content experts, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research, the plan proposes an incremental approach to increasing investment based on the needs of Minnesota families and the capacity of providers.

We have concluded that funding should be ramped up over time to incentivize participation and drive demand. Therefore, the campaign proposes an initial request of $78 million in FY2014, increasing to $150 million annually. The increased investment would supplement current funding to ultimately provide access to quality programs to an additional 20,000 low income children in Minnesota each year.

By starting with 3- and 4-year-olds, the campaign strives to address the most effective path to addressing school readiness by bridging the gap between early learning and K-12 and to illustrate the fastest return on investment to ensure accountability and to build capacity at the state and provider level