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Policy Breakfast: Charting a Course to Enhance Access and Quality in Minnesota's Early Care and Education Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Commons Hotel, Meridian Ballroom

It is an exciting and hopeful time for young children and their families in Minnesota. Investments through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, the Investing in Education (i3) program and legislative support for all-day kindergarten have created an unprecedented opportunity to improve the way we address the achievement gap and prepare children for school.

As a result, our state agencies are launching a number of new initiatives, which require increased cross-agency collaboration and policy change. How are these new initiatives being implemented? How are we determining success, and what are the strategies for sustaining these new initiatives?

Join us for a policy breakfast focused on how an effective early childhood system could help close Minnesota’s achievement gap. Gerrit Westervelt, executive director of the BUILD Initiative, will deliver a keynote address, followed by responses from a local panel. Panelists include:

A continental breakfast will be served free of charge beginning at 7:15 a.m., and parking in the Washington Avenue Ramp will be validated.