Our allies in Minnesota pursue a full spectrum of advocacy for children and their families, from prenatal and infant health through child care and family supports. 

State Allies:

Children's Defense Fund Minnesota • St. Paul, MN
Children's Defense Fund Minnesota • St. Paul, MN
West Central Initiative • Fergus Falls, MN
West Central Initiative • Fergus Falls, MN
Top Priorities for 2020

Increase Child Care Assistance Program rates for providers

Increase reimbursement rates for infants and toddlers to 100% of the most recent market survey and all other children to the 75% rate in order to reach federal compliance

Provide Paid Family & Medical Leave through a statewide insurance plan

Increase access to culturally responsive, trauma-informed prenatal, primary, specialty, mental health, and oral health care

Support the development of a common intake form to increase coordination and efficiency across early childhood programs and services

Expand early learning scholarships to include income eligibility for all infants and toddlers

Last year, Minnesota advocates successfully fought to protect the Child Care Assistance Program and secure $28 million for new investments in infants, toddlers, young children, and families. 

  • $2 million to address high maternal death rates and infant mortality rates among African American and American Indian women and children
  • $21 million for evidence-based home visiting
  • $1 million for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention
  • $150,000 for the Reach Out and Read literacy program
  • Prevented a complete “freeze” of the Child Care Assistance Program
  • $750,000 to address the child care shortage
  • $750,000 focused on quality in child care
  • Supported the leadership of advocates of color to secure $4 million for the Community Solutions for Healthy Child Development Grant Program

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Minnesota early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice