The Start Early Funders Coalition for Children and Minnesota’s Future is a collaboration of more than 20 members of Minnesota’s philanthropic community. The Coalition provides critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota. We are working together to ensure every child in Minnesota is physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively prepared for school and lifelong success.

Minneapolis, MN

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Start Early is housed at and staff by the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

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Now in its 10th year, the Start Early Funders Coalition is a collaboration of more than 15 members of Minnesota’s philanthropic community all focused on supporting our youngest children in Minnesota and their families. Events and activities have the tradition of accomplishing three things:

  1. Centering equity within our public policy and our learning and research work to improve early childhood care and education access for our state’s youngest learners and those who care for them,
  2. Amplifying the voices of our communities’ experts, including parents and early care and education providers to better inform our practices and public policies, and
  3. Making time to honor one another and celebrating our collective successes along the way.

Learn more Start Early's focus areas, unique perspective, and commitment to racial equity and systems change.

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