Minnesota is home to more than 350,000 children age 0-4. A child's development in the early years sets the stage for future challenge or success in K-12 education and beyond. Investment in those important early years will pay back over a child's entire lifetime. Visit our early childhood risk, reach, and resilience section to see the data we track to better understand our youngest residents’ early development to ensure their long-term health and success.

Early childhood

Fast facts

352,000 young children

About 6% of the state’s population are children age 0-4.
6 %

113,000 young children of color

Nearly one third of young children are children of color.
32 %

38,000 young children below poverty

More than one in ten young children live below poverty.
11 %