Established in 1985, CDF-Minnesota is dedicated to addressing the specific needs of Minnesota’s children, youth, and families. Our advocacy efforts at the local and state levels encompass extensive research, community engagement, and youth development programs, paving the way for a better future for Minnesota's children and youth.

Policy Priorities in Minnesota

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Updates in Minnesota

CDF Beat the Odds Program is Sunsetting

Since 1990, the Beat the Odds program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees. While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.

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Programs in Minnesota

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Freedom Schools

At CDF Freedom Schools®, we’re not just educating; we’re nurturing lifelong learners and advocates for progress. By empowering the youngest generation, we’re sculpting a brighter tomorrow where we celebrate every young person’s potential, and affirming their impact on the world is profound.

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Movement Building

Through collaborative action and community-centered initiatives, we seek to reduce child poverty, achieve education equity, improve child well-being, and more. Together, we’re shaping a world where every young person’s journey is marked by dignity, hope, and joy.

Building a Movement for Youth

News from Minnesota

  • Charity

    Celebration of Joy

    CDF-MN’s first annual Fundraising Social Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at Fallon 500 N. 3rd Street in Minneapolis…

  • Policy Agenda

    2024 Legislative and Administrative Advocacy Agenda

    In 2023, the state of Minnesota made unprecedented investments in children and their families—with particular attention to addressing longstanding opportunity gaps for children growing up in Black, Indigenous and communities of color. These investments reflected a shared commitment to making Minnesota the best state in the country to be a child and raise a family—regardless of race, income, or geography.…

  • Child Poverty

    Flexible Cash: The Tax Credit Opportunity

    Flexible cash is what families tell us they need to be able to create a nurturing, stable platform from which they and their children can successfully launch. The additional, flexible resources that come from tax credits would help families achieve economic stability and help children to have what they need to thrive.…

  • Child Poverty

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Addressing the Benefits Cliff Barrier to Family Economic Stability and Mobility

    Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota recommends a variety of approaches that could be taken to address the benefits cliff challenges faced by struggling families.…

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Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota

555 Park Street
Suite 410
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-227-6121
Fax: 651-227-2553