Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations addressing the needs of young children in Minnesota and learn about proven strategies for action.

initiatives and collaborations

Early Childhood Dental Network
Childhood tooth decay is the most chronic, yet preventable, infectious disease in children. The Early Childhood Dental Network is a nine-county collaborative project in west central Minnesota working to increase access to dental care with a focus on children age 0-5, and to increase awareness of the importance of good oral health to one’s overall health and wellbeing.

Early Learning Council
Makes recommendations to the Governor and legislature, including proposed legislation on how to effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota in order to improve the educational outcomes of children.

MinneMinds is a statewide campaign to increase public funding for access to high quality early care and education programs proven to prepare our children for success in school and in life

Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative and Minnesota Thrive Initiative
More than 90 community-based coalitions working to advance quality early childhood opportunities, create systemic changes in the way early care and education is delivered, and increase access to early childhood mental health services in Greater Minnesota communities. These initiatives are carried out by the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs).

Minnesota's Future
An alliance of early childhood advocacy organizations, convened by Ready 4 K, to advance a set of shared policy recommendations to Minnesota’s next Governor that will improve children’s development and readiness for school and for life. 

Minnesota Parents Know
A web site for parents with extensive input of parents that provides up-to-date research-based information on children from birth through grade 12.

Parent Aware
Parent Aware’s star ratings help you find the type of quality, nurturing programs that will help prepare your babies, toddlers and preschoolers for school and life.

School Readiness Funders Coalition
A collaboration of philanthropic organizations in Minnesota that believe every child must be ready for kindergarten.

Think Small
Services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota. Formerly Resources for Caring.

Research-based strategies

Listed below are proven, effective strategies linked to reports that provide data and information about how the strategies were implemented.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Presents reviews of research-proven education programs in math, reading, science, early childhood, and comprehensive school reform. From Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research and Reform in Education.

The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews - Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions on education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - A reference for effective child and youth programs. It organizes the programs by outcome, age, and developmental stage.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - Searchable registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Promising Practices Network - Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Social Programs that Work - Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

What Works Clearinghouse - Central source for identifying education programs that work. From the Institute of Education Sciences.

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