The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost all areas of our economy and daily lives.
Think Small is taking swift action to support child care providers during this unprecedented time by prioritizing supports for licensed family child care programs in the seven-county metro area who serve the children of first responders, emergency personnel, health care workers or anyone else deemed essential to work during this crisis.
We envision a community that affords every child the best start in life. That’s why we’re actively engaged—through policy development, advocacy, evaluation, and program piloting—in creating a Minnesota that supports optimal child care and early learning.
For policymakers, funders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and others concerned with kids, we’re a bold and effective partner. We invite you to work together with us on community and state-wide issues involving early childhood.
It’s also helping child care providers stay in business. Learn more:
We are proud to stand alongside these great organizations in support of investments in Early Learning Scholarships and the Child Care Assistance Program.
When it comes to addressing Minnesota’s severe opportunity gaps, we know starting early is effective. In fact, the single best investment the state can make is targeted early childhood investments in our most vulnerable children.
We have made great progress in early education in Minnesota. However, many children still do not have access to high-quality care. Children who enter kindergarten unprepared are less likely to achieve third grade reading standards, less likely to graduate high school, and less likely to ever attend college. They are more likely to drop out of school and more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
You can use the resources below to talk with others about the need for high-quality child care in Minnesota.
Think Small works with local coalitions in our efforts to improve access to high-quality early learning opportunities. Some of these partners include:
When all Minnesota kids have the best possible start, we’re all better off.
Our goal is to ensure all children of color and American Indian children and their families have the opportunity to thrive and live theirfullest lives.
Minnesota children are nurtured, healthy, eager to learn and prepared to succeed in school and in life.