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Mayor Hodges Cradle to K Cabinet

In 2014, Mayor Hodges established her Cradle to K Cabinet, a major initiative of her administration focused on developing a plan to eliminate disparities for children in the City of Minneapolis prenatally to three years old.

Research shows that racial disparities can be closed, even prevented, by focused, results-driven interventions in early childhood; and increasingly, cities are making critical investments in early childhood that yield great returns over time. Mayor Hodges' Cradle to K Cabinet is a new collaborative of multi-sector experts, leaders, and parents who are working to prevent disparities by aligning policies, closing gaps, and increasing resources where needed to ensure that all Minneapolis children have a healthy start, are stably housed, and have continuous access to high-quality, child-development-centered child care and early education, regardless of their race, neighborhood, income or family structure.

Main Objectives

  1. All children will receive a Healthy Start rich with early experiences that will prepare them for successful early education and literacy.
  2. All children will be stably housed.
  3. All children will have continuous access to high quality early childhood education.

Cabinet Charge

  1. To develop a plan to eliminate disparities for children in the City of Minneapolis prenatally to three years old by determining what we are currently doing well, what we should expand on and what are the gaps.
  2. Assist in coordinating the early childhood landscape and resources to be better aligned to give greater access to those in need.

If you would like more information about the Cradle to K Cabinet, contact Lauren Robertson, the mayor’s policy aide focused on education and early childhood.


Last updated Oct 10, 2017



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