I was very excited to see that in January, the Mayor’s Cradle to Kindergarten (K) Cabinet released its draft plan
to address early childhood disparities. The plan outlines policy, legislative and
collaboration recommendations intended to help ensure that all Minneapolis residents are able to thrive during their first years of life.
commend the group and the Mayor for this overdue focus 0 – 3 year-olds and for the
practical, research based recommendations it makes under each of the following
One: All children 0 to three will receive a healthy start rich with early
experiences that prepares them for successful early education and literacy.
1. Increase early
childhood screening at age three.
2. Improve mental health
services of children birth to three.
3. Decrease the “Word Gap”
of children birth to three.
4. Expand targeted home
Increase community awareness and engagement in the importance of early
Two: All children are stably housed.
1. Increase housing
options for the lowest income families at 30% Area Median Income.
2. Target funding to
address the needs of homeless children and families to improve their stability
while on the path to housing.
Provide resources for very-low income families to become economically stable.
Three: All children ages 0-3 have continuous access to high quality child development
1. Ensure that low-income
families have access to financial resources to afford high quality early
2. Increase the number of
available high quality child care slots in Minneapolis.
Partner with family, friend and neighbor providers to ensure that the children
they serve are prepared for kindergarten.
the next few weeks, the City, though the Mayor’s office, will be accepting and reviewing feedback to
incorporate into the final report. That report is due out later this spring.
can provide feedback using a web- form here or, and
especially if you have attachments to share, you can send those here. I look forward to being part of participating in the
draft of the final plan which I hope to see approved and implemented in the
years to come.
the Health, Environment and Community Engagement Committee will get a
presentation of the draft plan, discuss it and offer feedback on March 2nd at 1:30
pm. The meeting in the Council Chambers in room 317 of City Hall will be open
to the public and televised.