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The Minnesota Model for Early Childhood Education

The Minnesota Model for Early Childhood Education

In 2006, business leaders from around the state formed the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) to fund a pilot study of a science driven early childhood initiative.  The initiative, known as the Minnesota Model for Early Learning, was based on research and a proposal by Art Rolnick and Rob Grunewald from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

MELF raised $20 million that was to create a four-star quality rating system and to implement and evaluate a demonstration project that was based on parent mentors and early learning scholarships.  Employing this approach, MELF demonstrated that the Minnesota Model was replicable, scalable, and cost effective.  And the bottom line--the scholarship children were starting school ready.  Making the application user friendly, empowering parents living in a low-income community, and working with community leaders to promote the importance of early learning were key 

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