Early Care and Education Crisis Work Group

In the fall of 2018, a broad group of organizations came together to address two crises impacting Minnesota’s young children. These challenges are intertwined and must be addressed in a coordinated way. First, we have some of the nation’s worst achievement gaps, which begin as opportunity gaps. Second, in many parts of the state we face a severe shortage of quality early care and education programs. Both crises endanger our children, communities and economy and require immediate action before they grow worse.

Below you will find links to an overview of each of the documents:

Close Gaps by Five logo
First Children's Finance logo


Minnesota Chamber of Commerce logo
Little Learners Early Childhood Center logo


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation logo
Itasca Project logo
Minnesota Business Partnership logo


West Central Initiative logo
Families First
Think Small logo