b'catalyzing ChangeAdvancing Policy PrioritiesThink Small staff advances policy initiatives focused on improving access to early care and education for Minnesota children. Legislative Testimony ContinuesIn February, Senior Vice President of Early Childhood Quality Development, Cisa Keller, testi ed at a House Committee Meeting in support of a bill that would close the opportunity gap, address the child care shortage and invest in early care learning opportunities through policy changes and $500 million in appropriations. At the time, there was a $1.3 billion budget surplus.Keller testifying from the Capitol before COVID-19.Sharing Important MessagesThink Small helped arrange a news conference Keller testifying from home mid-pandemic. for Governor Tim Walz in early July. The Governor visited the Learning Garden at Hamline to announce a $56.6 million dollar proposal to help Participating in Virtual Meetingssupport Minnesota child care providers during the Members of Think Smalls Policy Team and otherCOVID-19 pandemic. While there, Walz talked with advocates met with U.S. Representative Angiestaff and helped Think Small deliver snacks and Craig to discuss the Child Care is Essential Act insupplies to the program.Congress. The message was clearreopening the economy and supporting child care providers go hand in hand. 2 0 2 0 R E P O R T T O T H E C O M M U N I T Y'