b'w.ThinkSmaBOARD OFDonors Set the FuseDIRECTORSJuly 1, 2020June 30, 2021 I was an elementary music teacher for 40 years and really know how important early OFFICERS childhood education is. It is especially Robbin Johnson CHAIRPast President, Cargill Foundationimportant for kids who are not getting a lot Tanya Skogerboe VICE CHAIRVice President, Customer Relationship,of social stimulation, language stimulation Sleep Number by Select Comfort and opportunities at home and with their Sarah Wade TREASURERSenior Vice President, Senior Researchfamilies. This work is probably the most Analyst, Nuveen Asset ManagementMargeaux King SECRETARY important thing we can support to close Vice President, HRGlobal Total Rewards & Employee Relations, Ecolab the achievement gap!DIRECTORS SHARON WAGNERMarilyn E. Burnett Community VolunteerAndr DukesSenior Director, Collective ImpactEarly Childhood, Northside Achievement Zone Families need to have access to child care Megan R. Gunnar and our kids deserve to have safe quality Director of the Institute of Child Development and Associate Director of theprograms. The value of educators has also Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota been more apparent. Families have seen Yolanda MajorsCEO, Hurston Institute forthe passion and effort quality programs Learning & DevelopmentWeston Merrick have for educating their little ones.Results First Coordinator, State of MN, Minnesota Management & Budget MARY ANN BARROWS WARKTracy NordstromConsultant and Change AgentCorey PadeskyDirector, Life Sciences Strategy & Business Development, Donaldson Company, Inc. Research has shown that brain Arthur J. RolnickSenior Fellow, Humphrey School of Publicdevelopment in our youngest years isA\x1e airs, University of Minnesota critical to educational success in school Jaylon RosenblumDirector of Marketing, Schwans Company and economic success after graduation. Fred SennFounding Partner, Fallon Worldwide Society should be supporting quality Jim Sparks early childcare for all. We could choose Community VolunteerAndrea Stern to support day care programs alone. We Senior Marketing Research Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago/ are supporting Think Small because of its Minneapolis efforts to change public policy and supportTrent TuckerCommunity Volunteer child care for more at-risk kids.EMERITUS DIRECTORSRhoda Redleaf GINNY AND WILL CRAIGMary Ann Barrows WarkIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Think Small begins partnering with local businesses and The Think Small Institute launches, organizations to obtain and distribute emergencyoering a wide range of learning supplies to child care providers at no cost.opportunities which include options Think Small raises over $300,000 to providefor both live-virtual training and emergency aid to more than 300 child care providers beforeself-paced eLearning, prioritizing the Minnesota Peacetime Emergency Grants become available. equity and evidence-based practices.2019 2020 2021 2021Results from the Pathways to Quality program, started inThink Smalls Senior Vice President 2015, fi nd the percentage of licensed family child careof Family Engagement, providers in Minneapolis and St. Paul with three- andDianne Haulcy, introduces the four-star Parent Aware ratings rose from 9% to 23% in threeEarly Risers 2021 podcast on MPR.years, compared to statewide growth of only 3% to 7%.'