Start Early Funders Coalition
The Start Early Funders Coalition provides critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota and ensure children and families thrive.
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota provides a strong and effective voice for children who cannot speak or vote for themselves. CDF-Minnesota provides services, such as research, publications, education, advocacy, and outreach to engage, mobilize, and motivate Minnesotans to consider the well-being of children in all private and public decision-making so that no child is left behind.
parentaware.org and parentawareratings.org
Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. Parent Aware is a search partner working side-by-side with families, offering free tools and resources to help them make informed choices about high-quality care and education opportunities. Parent Aware also supports child care and early education programs to demonstrate their quality by achieving Parent Aware star ratings.
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. This research-grounded consortium is comprised of supporting organizations and thought leaders from across the state with a common commitment to prioritizing Minnesota’s youngest in-need children as the most important investment for our state to make.
Ignite Afterschool is Minnesota’s statewide network dedicated to advancing high-quality afterschool and summer programs for all youth. This group includes funders, program providers, researchers and others who are working together to help Minnesota’s young people build skills and discover their passions.
for Children, Youth & Families
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families.
Think Small (formerly Resources for Child Caring)
Think Small offers a wide range of services, programs, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota aimed at parents and guardians, early childhood professionals, and engaged community members.
Generations United a national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and policies.
America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, bringing together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers.
University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development
A Minnesota-based resource for Research and Evaluation, 4-H Youth Development, the Youth Work Institute, trainings, and more.
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.