Voices and Choices for Children

In 2014, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota embarked on a process to more meaningfully engage communities of color and American Indians—many of whom have traditionally been under-served by our existing early childhood education and child-development infrastructure. Working closely with Governor Dayton’s Children's Cabinet, state elected officials, state ethnic councils, early childhood funders and community-based organizations representing communities of color and American Indian communities, the Voices and Choices for Children Coalition focuses on developing strongly engaged cultural communities of learning as well as an organizing and advocacy pipeline for their access, input, and impact around shaping early childhood policies for children of color and American Indian children 0-8 years old throughout the state. The Voices and Choices for Children Coalition includes organizations, professionals and parents of color and American Indians engaged and working across early childhood sectors including government, philanthropy and non-profits.

For more information about this program please contact:

Daniel Yang, Senior Organizer, at (651) 855-1187 or dyang@childrensdefense.org.