Thanks to Mary Kosak for her report out from yesterday’s “2013 Children & Youth Issues Briefing”.

Yesterday, I attended the “2013 Children & Youth Issues Briefing” that was held at the Minnesota History Center in the 3M Auditorium. It was attended by 300 people, with most attendees representing organizations and agencies that provide services to children and youth, or foundation representatives that provide funding for children and youth issues.

It was quite a lot of information to pack into an afternoon, but a way to make sure everyone was up to speed on all that is happening with children and youth in the state of Minnesota! Other participants from our area included Jan Reindl and Maureen Rosato from Invest Early/Head Start and Steve Downing (Board Member of the Northland Foundation).

Highlights included a preview of the Minnesota State Budget was provided by Christina Wessel from the MN Budget Project, and updates from the three departments represented in the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet (Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services). A bipartisan panel of legislators introduced themselves and gave input on the legislative $150 million “big ask” for early childhood education in the years to come. The final panel consisted of representatives from Youthprise, the ACES project, Children’s Defense Fund, and the MinneMinds Campaign.

Here’s a link to the story about the event that ran in today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press: Coalition seeks $150 million more for Minnesota early-childhood education