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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 school-age care professionals to connect with each other and learn about current policy issues in an informal setting.

Policy Hour is held the first Tuesday of each month, October 2017-June 2018, from Noon-1:00 p.m. at Think Small (2021 East Hennepin Avenue | Suite LL20, Minneapolis, MN 55413). Except for January, which will be held the second Tuesday on January 9.

Connect Remotely

We're excited to announce a new Minnesota's Future Facebook page, where we will be live streaming each of the Policy Hours this year. Join us at Each session will be recorded and on the Facebook page for later viewing.

No RSVP required!

Invite your friends and coworkers!

Bring your lunch!


2015-2016 Topics

2016-2017 Topics

2017-2018 Topics

2018-2019 Topics

June 4, 2019

Join us for the last Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour of the season on Tuesday, June 4, where we will discuss what happened during the legislative session for early childhood and afterschool.

View Recording Here

May 7, 2019

Here we are at the tipping point. Minnesota is poised to lead in the area of trauma informed schools and communities. Armed with all the research we need and the political will to do the work, Katy Smith, Licensed Parent Educator & 2011 MN Teacher of the Year and Dr. Monica Potter, Director, ECFE, St. Paul Public Schools, will talk about trauma at the next Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour on Tuesday, May 7.

View Recording Here

April 2, 2019

Want to have a better understanding of how federal policy impacts our work in early childhood and afterschool? Join us on Tuesday, April 2 to discuss what is happening with early childhood and afterschool federal policy. We will be discussing recent activity with a focus on newly introduced child care bills, the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and 21st Century Community Grants.

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March 5, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, March 5 for Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour and hear how the recent budget forecast will impact early childhood and afterschool issues. In addition, we will provide an overview of the Governor's budget recommendations and discuss issues emerging as priorities for the legislature.

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February 5, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, February 5 for Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour 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

January 8, 2019

Celebrate the first day of the legislative session by coming to Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour! Join us on January 8 to hear from early childhood education and school-age care lobbyists about what they think the 2019 session has in store for our youngest citizens, their families and the field. It's a budget year, and Minnesotans elected a new Governor and many new state House of Representatives members in November, so there's a lot to talk about. You will leave knowing what to expect and how you can impact policy conversations.

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December 4, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, December 4 as we explore how to "Mix It Up: Creating Synergy in a Diverse Delivery System." Guests will talk about a mixed delivery system for the state's youngest children. What does mixed delivery Pre-K mean? What does it look like in Minnesota? What are other states doing? Presenters will tackle these questions, and then we'll have time for discussion. This special edition Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour will be 90 minutes long (12:00-1:30 p.m.), with an extended opportunity to hear your ideas and questions on the topic.

View Recording Here

November 6, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day!) for Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour and hear from Katy Smith, Licensed Parent Educator & 2011 MN Teacher of the Year, in an engaging community conversation about play. In just one generation, children have lost a full eight hours a week of play, and it shows. Children are experiencing a decline in mental health and are struggling to manage their behaviors in and away from school settings. Let's talk about what has happened to play and how we can advocate for the right to play in childhood. Katy will be joined by Dr. Lori Erickson, Assistant Director, Office of Early Learning, St. Paul Public Schools and Heather Starks, President of the Minnesota PTA.

View Recording Here

October 2, 2018

Join us for the first Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour of the season! Guests from the field will provide updates about “What We Did Over Summer Vacation.”

Kelly Monson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, will share about the Systems Reform Project, support from BUILD, and the plans for transition to a new Governor and administration. Consultant Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn will bring us up to speed on the work of a new Prenatal to Three Policy Initiative group. We hope to have time for a few more brief updates—bring your ECE summer story if you have one.

View Recording Here

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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