Research indicates closing the achievement gap is one of the best investments a state can make, and by fully investing in the needs of children in poverty, we can ensure each child is healthy and prepared to make the most of their education. Fabre, Mortenson and Rolnick argue that programs which can be brought to scale need full resources now for future success. The commentary also advocates for flexible early-learning scholarships and a quality rating system for early-childhood providers.
One organization helping to support these programs is GHR grantee Start Early—a coalition of funders focused on providing every child in Minnesota the physical, social, emotional and cognitive they need to be prepared for school and lifelong success. Start Early advocates for multiple sector involvement in the solution, providing critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota and ensure children and families thrive.
In the Twin Cities, GHR Foundation has seen improvement and innovation in the effort to eliminate the educational achievement gap, but there is much more work to be done. To learn more about our education funding, contact us.