YEAR 2

Think Small and
Generation Next
are partnering to equip
child care providers
in Minneapolis and St. Paul
with training and support
services designed to increase
the quality of care they provide
to children

To ensure our resources would be used
efficiently, we identified common
kindergarten-readiness and program challenges.

Pathways

to Quality

We started by asking the following questions:

The
Solutions

Why are children
beginning
kindergarten
unprepared?

answer
Supports

COACHING TO EARN
PARENT AWARE
RATINGS

*

LEARNING
COMMUNITIES

*

MINNESOTA READING
CORPS LITERACY
COACHING

Quality

Why is social-emotional
development important
for kindergarten
readiness?

answer
Supports

TRAINING FOR SOCIAL
& EMOTIONAL
SUPPORT

*

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL
COACHING

*

MINNESOTA READING
CORPS LITERACY
COACHING

SOCIAL &
EMOTIONAL

Why do
programs close?

answer
Supports

BUSINESS
COACHING

*

LEARNING
COMMUNITIES

*

MINNESOTA READING
CORPS LITERACY
COACHING

BUSINESS

Why is there an
opportunity gap in
development of
literacy skills?

answer
Supports

IMPROVE EARLY
LANGUAGE
DEVELOPMENT

*

LEARNING
COMMUNITIES

*

MINNESOTA READING
CORPS LITERACY
COACHING

FAMILY

Evaluation

Do programs
that receive
supports have
higher quality?

a

Do the children
in these
programs have
higher
executive
function skills,
an indicator
that they are
better
prepared for
kindergarten?

a

Do programs
that receive
supports
demonstrate
improved
practices
for social-
emotional
learning and
development?

a

Do programs
that receive
support tend
to stay in
business?

a

How do
programs that
stay in business
help their
communities?

a

Do children in
programs that
receive support
have higher
literacy skills?

a

Why are higher
literacy skills
important?

a

By increasing the number of high quality early learning opportunities
more children in our community will be on track
for school and life success.

The Impact

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