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Welcome to the Think Small Blog, your go-to destination for valuable insights, innovative ideas, and inspiring stories in the field of early learning. Dive into a treasure trove of articles crafted by our team of experts, dedicated to empowering child care providers, educators, and families.

Discover practical tips, evidence-based strategies, and the latest research findings to support children aged 0-5 on their journey to kindergarten readiness. From fostering social-emotional development to promoting cognitive skills, our blog covers a wide range of topics, ensuring you stay informed and equipped to make a positive impact on young lives.

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Cisa Keller Named New CEO at Think Small

CISA KELLER NAMED NEW CEO AT THINK SMALL Respected Early Childhood Leader and Expert Chosen to Succeed Retiring CEO Barb Yates St. Paul, MN – Today, the Board of Directors ...

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Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy

It’s no secret that Minnesota is in the midst of a child care crisis. Quality child care in Minnesota has become hard to find, hard to secure, and even harder ...

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Child Tax Credit

Have You Applied to Receive the Child Tax Credit?  

As a parent, you are likely eligible to receive the Child Tax Credit. If you are not yet receiving this credit, you may be missing an opportunity to receive up to $300 per child if you qualify...

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Coronavirus: Information for Child Care Providers

You are no doubt aware of reports concerning a new respiratory virus that health officials have termed novel coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find the most up-to-date information about what is ...

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The 2020 Census: Why It Matters.

By Barbara Yates, Think Small President & CEO In the coming months you’ll see more from Think Small about the 2020 Census. We will share Census facts and resources on ...

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Early Care & Education Crisis Work Group Convening

By Marie Huey, Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Two interconnected crises continue in Minnesota:   worst-in-the-nation achievement gaps and  a severe child care shortage in many parts of the state Last ...

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Think Small Statement Regarding Family Separations

By Barbara Yates, President and CEO of Think Small As another school year begins, we have another opportunity to reflect on children’s readiness for the learning ahead. Think Small’s strategic ...

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Think Small Applauds Relaunching the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet

By Barbara Yates, President and CEO of Think Small Today marks the re-launch of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, and I am excited about the possibilities it presents for our youngest ...

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Guest Post: What Do We Know About Minnesota's Early Childhood Workforce?

By Christa Anders, Coordinator, B8 Early Childhood Workforce Team Minnesota’s early childhood educators are “the workforce behind the workforce.”  These women, and a few men, who care for young children so ...

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Small Talks: True Costs to Families and Early Child Care Educators

Small Talks features leaders who share key insights on early childhood education and discuss innovative solutions to early learning issues in Minnesota. Inadequate investment, scholarship caps, complicated funding streams, and ...

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Think Small's Letter to the Department of Homeland Security

We ask the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to stop family separations at the border. Dear Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, On behalf of Think Small, I ask you ...

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Say Thanks to a Child Care Provider!

Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day! Today, we recognize the millions of child care providers across the nation who give their time, experience, concern, and skills to our littlest learners ...

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Minneapolis Launches "Talking is Teaching" Campaign to Close Word Gap

By Maya Fanjul-Debnam By age four, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their more well-off peers, setting them on very different trajectories for early literacy. The ...

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2016 Legislative Session Overview: Early Care and Education Key Priority in Minnesota

Governor Dayton signed the supplemental budget bill today, allocating $182 million in funding this year and $300 million of funding over the next two years. He is still reviewing the ...

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Quality Child Care Impacts Karen Community in Minnesota

This is the first in a series of videos showing the impact high-quality early learning has on children, families and child care providers across Minnesota. Check back here for a new ...

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Partnership Brings Reading Corps into Child Care Settings

We are very proud to partner with Minnesota Reading Corps to bring early learning experts into family child care settings to work directly with children and child care providers on ...

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