Preschool

Promoting access to high-quality preschool opportunities for low-income 3-and 4-year-olds and others with special needs.

High-quality preschool programs for 3-and 4-year-olds improve school readiness and facilitate a range of positive outcomes in school and in life. These programs are especially beneficial for low-income children and other vulnerable children, including those who are homeless, in foster care, don’t speak English as their primary language or have disabilities. Unfortunately children’s access to preschool is often determined by their parents’ incomes and the lottery of geography, and quality varies widely. The 2015 legislature increased funding for school readiness and early learning scholarships, but additional investment is needed to reach all children. More than half (54%) of all children in Minnesota didn’t attend preschool according to American Community Survey 3-year estimates for 2011-13.

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota is committed to working to ensure that all children, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, have access to a mixed-delivery system of quality preschool programs that prepare them for school and for life.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Education Early Learning website.