Students, parents, and teachers from The Family Partnership’s preschools will join their peers – children, parents and early learning advocates – to support policies and investment in quality early childhood care and education.
“We are excited to be a part of this statewide network. It is a good alignment with the work of The Family Partnership,” said Caroline Hood, Vice President of Programs for The Family Partnership. “MinneMinds agenda is focused on children prenatal to age five, and with multi-generational solutions to the challenges families are facing today.”
The Family Partnership brings a unique perspective to the issue, said Hood. Known for its Parent-Aware 4-Star multicultural preschools and early childhood care that use trauma-informed practices to prepare high-risk children for kindergarten, the nonprofit is applying a two-generation (2Gen) approach in programming and services, creating opportunities for children and their parents or caregivers together to improve long-term outcomes.
Hood said that research has shown that experiences in the first three years of life strongly influence the physical architecture of the brain: “Because one of the most important elements of that foundation is a positive interaction between parent and child, The Family Partnership works closely with both generations.” She explained that teachers and childcare workers support parents through personal coaching to help them sustain their children’s educational progress at home.
“Investment from the State of Minnesota is critical to ensuring that all families have access to high-quality early childhood education and care, not only for pre-kindergarten readiness but for a child’s healthy development and a family’s overall stability,” said Hood.
About the Family Partnership: Since 1878, The Family Partnership has been recognized as an innovative and highly impactful nonprofit in the Twin Cities area. Last year, more than 30,000 children and families benefitted from specialized services and programs offered in order to realize their full potential – regardless of income or origin. The Family Partnership is a registered 501c3 in the State of Minnesota. Please visit TheFamilyPartnership.org to learn more.