Barbara Yates, as chair of
Minnesota Governor Mark
Dayton’s Early Learning
Council, receives recogni-
tion from Governor Dayton
for providing leadership
on the effort that resulted
in a $45 million Early
Learning Challenge Grant
for the state of Minnesota.
Leadership When It
Minnesota is coming together as never be-
fore to focus on young children and what
they need for success in school and life.
When policymakers, business leaders, phi-
lanthropists, and other community members
are well-informed about the issues and take
action, even children who are at the greatest
disadvantage will step into a brighter future.
Think Small’s board and staff take our tagline – leaders in
early learning – very seriously and raise the bar on early
childhood care and education in Minnesota and beyond.
As a major nonprofit we have a strong voice, and the
capacity to effect powerful change for children, families,
and the early childhood workforce so that:
The needs and concerns of parents and early
childhood professionals are heard and addressed.
Legislators have a better understanding of how
policies impact families and the workforce.
More children receive the care and instruction
they need and are on a positive life trajectory,
because they are more prepared to succeed.
The results of the important work across the
region – work with national implications – is
acknowledged and replicated.