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At the January 2018 Policy Hour, we made a special announcement renaming the event in honor of our friend and colleague, Ann Kaner-Roth. You can read more about the tribute on our Facebook page.

Minnesota's Future now hosts Policy Hour, a monthly opportunity for early childhood and afterschool professionals to connect with each other and learn about current policy issues in an informal setting.

No RSVP required!

Bring your lunch!

Invite your friends and coworkers!

Attend in person or stream it right from the Minnesota's Future Facebook page. Each session will be recorded and on the Facebook page for later viewing.

Mark your calendars! Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour is held the first Tuesday of each month, December 2019-June 2020, from Noon-1:00 p.m. at Think Small (10 Yorkton Court | St. Paul, MN 55117).

Please note this new location of Think Small.

These events are provided to the field at no cost by the Minnesota's Future Coalition.

May 5, 2020 - CANCELED

Due to Minnesota's Future members' participation in the ongoing COVID-19 response, we are canceling the May edition of Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour, originally scheduled for May 5. If you're looking for early childhood education policy talk, consider attending the Citizens League Mind Opener about Early Childhood Education on May 1.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you again in June.

April 7, 2020

With the current COVID-19 situation in Minnesota and the significant impact it is having on child care providers across the state, we have decided to focus the Tuesday, April 7 Policy Hour on issues relevant to the current crisis.

To be in accordance with Governor Walz's stay at home order we will offer participation via webinar. 

Thank you to all the child care providers across the state who step up each and every day to support their communities!

Register Here

March 3, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, March 3 and hear how the recent budget forecast will impact early childhood and afterschool issues. In addition, we will hear about the upcoming census and how you can help in ensuring all children are counted.

View Recording Here

February 4, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, February 4 at a new location in Saint Paul to hear from state agencies about their current early childhood projects. Stephanie Hogenson from the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet will share what they are working on. Megan Waltz from the Department of Human Services will provide updates on the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, which the state recently renewed after a year of working on a planning grant. 

View Recording Here

January 7, 2020

Join us on January 7 at noon for Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour and hear from expert lobbyists about what they think the 2020 session has in store for our youngest citizens, their families and the field. You will leave knowing what to expect and how you can impact policy conversations.

View Recording Here

December 3, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd for the first Ann Kaner Roth Policy Hour of the season, and hear from representatives from the Minnesota Department of Human Services about several current policy efforts and updates to program work in Child Care Assistance, Child Care Licensing, and Child Care Development.

View Recording Here

2018-2019 Topics

Questions: Please contact Sara Benzkofer at

Minnesota’s Future is pleased to be able to continue the work of Child Care Works by giving Policy Hour a new home and ensuring early childhood and school-age care professionals have a place to come together.

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