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  • Child Care Works is a statewide advocacy group working to achieve and sustain affordable, high-quality early care and education for the families and communities of Minnesota. Child Care Works advocates for public policies that support children, families and caregivers; organizes events that strengthen the coalition and keep advocates updated; creates opportunities for those with a passion to get involved; serves as a media resource and offers public speakers on child care issues.
  • Minnesota Business for Early Learning (MnBEL) is a 200-member organization of CEOs, senior executives and business leaders representing more than 100 companies and organizations focused on the role of business in the early learning and school readiness of pre-kindergarten children. MnBEL oversight takes place through an executive committee and has three working groups: awareness/communications, best practices, and policy.
  • The Minnesota Early Learning Foundation was created to ensure that our children receive the resources to which they are entitled. The foundation produces research about the most cost-effective ways to prepare our at-risk children for school and the workforce, demonstrates what works, makes recommendations for reinvesting public and private resources, and finds new ways to reach and support at-risk children.
  • The Early Childhood Research Collaborative was founded by the University of Minnesota's Center for Early Education & Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The collaborative explores links between early education and economic development, public health, K-12 education and other connections.
  • The Itasca Project is a 40-member group of CEOs in the Twin Cities metro region, the Governor, the Mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the President of the University. The project supports initiatives that foster economic growth and social well being by enlisting local business to participate in corporate citizenship activities. The Itasca Project aligned with Ready 4 K in support of early childhood development & learning programs.
  • The Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network works to help families find early care and education and understand their care options, supports early care and education providers through grants and education and informs the community about the importance of early care and education.