Help Make Early Childhood a Priority in MN

March 20, 2019
This week, Minnesota legislators are deciding on their budget priorities.  Help advocate for infants, young children and their families and caregivers by contacting your legislators and urging them to make funding for early childhood a priority.  Funding issues include access to quality early care and education, home visiting, mental health consultation to child care and child welfare reform.

If you don’t know who your legislators are visit https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ and enter your address to see who represents you.

Thank you for your continued work supporting infants, children and families!

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Sample email template:

Hi [name of representative/senator]:

My name is ____ and I’m a constituent in your district who strongly believes in increasing funding for early childhood in Minnesota. Young children’s brains are developing at an unparalleled pace and are extraordinarily sensitive to their environments, experiences and relationships. The first 5 years are both the most opportune and most vulnerable for setting children’s trajectory towards success or failure. Over 70 percent of Minnesota’s youngest children spend at least part of their day in the care of someone other than their parents; more than half are in poor quality care, decreasing odds of school readiness. Home visiting to families with infants and toddlers has also been shown to positively influence children’s developmental outcomes. I strongly urge you to support legislation to expand funding for the well-being of infants, children and families across Minnesota.

Thank you,

[your name]