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2017-2018 Topics

October 3, 2017

Join us Tuesday, October 3 for the first Policy Hour of the new season! After a long, drawn-out session, there were a number of policy initiatives that passed that impact early childhood, including a new program called School Readiness Plus. The Minnesota Department of Education will give us an update on this program, as well as Voluntary Pre-K, and answer our questions.

View Recording Here.

November 7, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, November 7 (election day!) for another look at policy initiatives that passed last session that impact early childhood and afterschool, this time featuring staff from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Learn more about changes to child care licensing, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and how Minnesota is implementing the new Child Care and Development Block Grant requirements.

View Recording Here.

December 5, 2017

Join us for Policy Hour on Tuesday, December 5th, for a discussion on the early childhood workforce efforts both nationally and here in Minnesota. Learn more about NAEYC's Power to the Profession project, the B8's Transforming Minnesota's Early Childhood Workforce project, and Minnesota's work with the National Governors Association (NGA) to identify strategies to improve ECE compensation. In addition, there will be opportunities to find out about how you can contribute to the conversation.

View Recording Here.

January 9, 2018

Join us for Policy Hour on Tuesday, January 9, to learn more about two early childhood data resources available in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Education will demonstrate how to use ECLDS, the state’s early childhood data system. This will be followed by the Children’s Defense Fund's presentation about their 2017 Kid’s Count Data Book.

View Recording Here.

February 6, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, February 6 to hear from the Minnesota Budget Project regarding the recent budget forecast. In addition, we will be joined by several lobbyists who will be sharing their perspective and predictions of the upcoming 2018 legislative session that begins on February 20.

February 6 is also Precinct Caucus Day in Minnesota! Going to a caucus is a great way to show support for a candidate, raise an issue that's important to you, influence who the party will endorse for many offices, and meet people in your community. Learn more here.

View Recording Here.

March 6, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, March 6 to get an update on the work of the Governor's Children's Cabinet from Kelly Monson, Executive Director & the Early Learning Council from Nancy Jost, Chair.

The purpose of the Cabinet is to better coordinate policies, programs, and resources across agencies and communities to support improved outcomes for Minnesota's children. A recent expansion includes early childhood workforce development and housing.

The Early Learning Council brings together early education leaders to discuss issues and recommend legislation to the Governor and Children's Cabinet.

View Recording Here.

April 3, 2018

Want to have a better understanding of how federal policy impacts our state work? Join us on Tuesday, April 3 to discuss what is happening with early childhood and afterschool federal policy. We will be discussing recent activity with a focus on the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and 21st Century Community Grants.

View Recording Here.

May 1, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, May 1 to hear from Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul City Councilperson, about the Saint Paul Children's Collaborative, a blueprint for a citywide “3K” program to provide equitable access to affordable, high-quality preschool for all three-and four-year old children in Saint Paul.

View Recording Here.

June 5, 2018

On Tuesday, June 5, we will discuss the outcome of the regular legislative session for early childhood and afterschool.

View Recording Here.


2016-2017 Topics

October 4, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, October 4 for the first Policy Hour of the new season! It has been a busy summer in the early care and education and afterschool fields, with action underway on several initiatives, including the release of the Voluntary Pre-K grants, movement on the DEED grant program to increase the supply of quality child care in rural Minnesota, and the initial meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Child Care, to name just a few. Join us to catch up on the latest activity and gear up for the 2017 Legislative Session.

November 1, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, November 1 to hear about new federal regulations related to early care and education and school-age care policy. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services released final regulations on both the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as well as the Head Start Performance Standards. In addition, the Federal Department of Education released proposed regulations for the Early Student Succeeds Act (formally No Child Left Behind) that includes early learning opportunities. Join us to learn more about these federal policies and how they afford new opportunities for Minnesota families with young children.

December 6, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, December 6 to hear from The Minnesota Budget Project regarding the November budget forecast. In addition, we will be joined by several early childhood and afterschool lobbyists who will be sharing their perspective on election results and things to note for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session.

January 10, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, January 10 to hear what policies the organizations of the Minnesota's Future & Voices and Choices for Children coalitions will be prioritizing in the 2017 legislative session.

February 7, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, February 7 to learn about new reports that will be informing the policy discussions at the Capitol this session. This will include an overview of the Moving to Mixed Delivery, Voluntary Preschool for Four Year Olds: An Approach for Minnesota - a report from the Pre-K to 3 Design Team. We will also review the recommendations in the Legislative Task Force on Access to Affordable Child Care report.

March 7, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, March 7 to hear from Jim Koppel, Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services, about the Child Care Development Block Grant reauthorization requirements and what it means for the children and families in your program.

April 4, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, April 4 to learn more about the Power to the Profession initiative and how you can share your perspective and your voice in this conversation. This initiative is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession (birth to 8) by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.

May 2, 2017

Want to have a better understanding of how federal policy efforts affect our state work? Join us on Tuesday, May 2 to discuss what is happening with regard to early childhood and afterschool federal policy. We will be discussing recent activity with a focus on the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizations, and 21st Century Community Grants.

June 6, 2017

Join us Tuesday, June 6, when we will hear from the Department of Human Services about the "remodeled" Parent Aware, Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Changes to the rating process, coaching, and financial supports all go into effect on July 1, 2017. Learn about the changes and have your questions answered. We will also discuss the outcome of early childhood and afterschool initiatives in the regular legislative session.

Resources

Parent Aware - A Strong Foundation for Minnesota's Children
Parent Aware Quality Rating and Improvement System: Standards and Indicators


2015-2016 Topics

October 6, 2015

We will hear several early childhood policy experts talk about how far we’ve come in the last decade and look to the future.

November 3, 2015

The discussion will focus on challenges and changes to Minnesota's child protection system.  In 2014, Governor Dayton established a statewide Task Force on Child Protection in response to a highly publicized death of a child due to maltreatment. The task force was charged to advise the governor and the legislature on system and practice improvements.  Learn about the work of this task force, 2015 legislative changes enacted based on their recommendations, how these changes are being implemented, and challenges that remain going forward.

December 1, 2015

We will get an  update on the Children’s Cabinet as well as the National Help Me Grow work. Our guests will be Kelly Monson, Children’s Cabinet Program Manager, and Melvin Carter, Executive Director of the Children’s Cabinet (invited).

The Minnesota Children’s Cabinet focuses on ensuring that all Minnesota Children are healthy, safe, and prepared to achieve their full potential. The goal of Help Me Grow is to promote healthy development for every child in Minnesota, prenatal through third grade. Help Me Grow (HMG) is a unique, comprehensive, and integrated statewide system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and then to link children and their families to local services.

January 5, 2016

We will hear from the Department of Human Services about the Child Care Development Block Grant plan. This plan describes how the state proposes to meet the new federal law governing child care assistance. The new law makes changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about child care choices, and improve the overall quality of early care and education.

February 2, 2016

We will hear from Ben Horowitz, a Policy Advocate at the Minnesota Budget Project, who will discuss the ins and outs of the state budget process, including the November state budget forecast, and how you can get involved to shape future budgets. The organizations of the Minnesota's Future coalition will also share their 2016 legislative agendas and a session preview.

March 1, 2016

Want to have a better understanding of how federal policy efforts effect our state work? Join us to discuss what is happening with regard to early childhood and school-age federal policy. We will be discussing recent activity with a focus on CCDBG and ESEA reauthorizations as well as 21st Century Community Grants.

April 5, 2016

We will hear from the Department of Human Services on legislation and implementation of the new Child Care Development Block Grant. This is a great opportunity to give feedback and ask questions about the legislation that legislators will be discussing. The Minnesota’s Future coalition will also provide a legislative update.

May 3, 2016

We will hear from Kelly Monson, Children’s Cabinet Program Manager, about Help Me Grow. The goal of Help Me Grow is to promote healthy development for every child in Minnesota, prenatal through third grade. Help Me Grow (HMG) is a unique, comprehensive, and integrated statewide system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and then to link children and their families to local services.


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