b'Dear Friends and Colleagues:This past year proved to be another year of obstacles for all of us. From social injustices to the continued uncertainties of the pandemic, our communities and early education continued to be challenged.Early childhood programs struggled to \x1f nd sta\x1eand programs continued to close at alarming rates This created child care deserts in new areas and exasperated the limited access in neighborhoods that were already negatively impacted. Despite these challenges, Think Small sits at an amazing juncture. We \x1f nd ourselves in a crisis of the utmost importance and scale AND the ability and opportunity to do something about it. Think Small has the opportunity to lead the way through this crisis through our practice of test and learn to create scalable solutions. This past year, our team at Think Small was able to continue to provide support to providers, families, and children. The pages that follow contain example after example of our steadfast commitment to making a positive impact on our community and children during this child care crisis. To keep our mission and community at the forefront of everything we do, we are evolving to reach new heights of excellence in early childhood education and overcoming barriers that prevent children from accessing quality child care. Think Small also celebrated a special milestone50 years of innovation and being a leader in child care. Punctuated by the launch of the Think Small Institute, we are on the cutting edge of virtual training andsupports for providers. Our commitment to the Build Your Own program is directly addressing the child care desert crisis and has led to small business successes. We continue to advocate for structural reforms to child care in our state. Our philanthropic partners are a large reason why Think Small continues to thrive. These pages are an example of what support from our generous supporters has allowed us to achieve.Private donations give us the resources needed to be innovative and quickly react to the needs of our community. We thank you for your loyal and continued support and look forward to our continued partnership as we move our work forward!While we celebrate our anniversary, we continue to look forward to the promises we have made to our littlest learners and their families. 50 years, and we are just getting started! BARBARA YATES TANYA SKOGERBOE President and Chief Executive Of cer Chair of the BoardA survey of child care supply and demand is coordinated, revealing an alarming 3,900 eligible children on waiting lists and 41 of Minnesotas 87 counties with a supply of licensedToys N Things Press becomes Redleaf Press to child care providers fulfi lling lessbetter refl ect its services and honor author and than 30% of the need.longtime staand board member Rhoda Redleaf. 198485 1986 1989 1991 1996The Bush Foundation selects The Minnesota Child Care ResourceResources forResources for Child Caring as a nationaland Referral Network is created,Child Caring celebrates pilot site to bring NAEYCs accreditation programlinking all Minnesota resource and25 yearsfor child care centers statewide, making Minnesotareferral agencies together.a leader in national accreditation e orts.'