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Minnesota’s birth-4 care and education system [Executive summary]

This paper reflects the work of a partnership between ISAIAH’s Kids Count On Us coalition and Education Minnesota’s Educator Innovation Policy Center, or EPIC. Clearly Minnesota needs a dramatic overhaul of the early care and education system. We need to raise revenue to build a new, desperately needed system for our youngest learners and the workforce that cares for and educates them. Our team has spent 18 months listening to one another. We understand the historical damage done by the artificial distinction between care and education, a distinction that is reflected not only in the ways we talk about young people’s needs, but also in the very governance structures charged with oversight. We have collected data via both academic research, family surveys, and interviews with policy makers and practitioners all across the United States. We have looked carefully at programs in other states and municipalities that offer more comprehensive, equitable care and education to their youngest learners, and we have learned some critical lessons along the way. (author abstract)
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