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CDF-MN Early Childhood Development

The Problem

Despite what we know about the importance of high-quality early childhood opportunities, too many children and youth in the US don’t have access to quality care. Access to high-quality early childhood opportunities is too often determined by family income and geography, and programs designed to support quality early childhood and development opportunities are underfunded and only serve a limited number of eligible children and youth.

Our Vision

CDF-MN works to ensure that every child has access to quality early childhood and development opportunities. Children’s brains develop rapidly in their first five years as they build a foundation for all future outcomes in school and life. Research shows that investments in quality early childhood programs generate an average annual return of 7-10% on every dollar invested.

The Solution

CDF-MN is working to change this situation by supporting policies that guarantee that all children have access to a high-quality continuum of early childhood programs that address their needs and the needs of their families. By working to ensure access to home visiting, Part C Early Intervention, preschool, and safe, consistent, quality child care during early childhood and beyond, CDF-MN is helping to ensure that all children have a strong start to life.