2017 Nancy Latimer Convening for Children and Youth

Congratulations to this years Nancy Award and Legislative Champion honorees!

Todd Otis, Think Small

Carol Miller, Hennepin County

TraNecia Sylvester, Parent Advocate

Representative Dave Pinto, Minnesota House of Representatives

Representative Jenifer Loon, Minnesota House of Representatives

2017 Nancy Latimer Honorees

This year’s event focused on whole child, healthy development and how it directly links to positive outcomes and school readiness.  Topics addressed the importance of physical health, oral health, social-emotional and cognitive aspects of development.

Highlighted Speakers:  2017_NancyLatimer_Panelist Bios

  • Frank Forsberg, Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Dr. Heather Winesett, M.D., St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates
  • Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger, M.D., Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • Kamyala Howard, Independent Consultant 
  • Molly Greenman, The Family Partnership
  • Skip Ferris, Head Start – Virginia

Event Power Point Slides:  Link to PPT

2017 Children and Youth Issues Briefing

The 13th annual Children & Youth Issues Briefing brings together advocates, thought leaders and nonprofits from across the state to discuss innovative initiatives and groundbreaking programs to help shape policy for the year’s legislative session. Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The 2017 Children & Youth Issues Briefing highlights upcoming early childhood development, children and youth policy proposals, in addition to innovative programming and flexible solutions to address the needs of young children, youth and their families. This year’s event continues to address racial, economic and geographic equity across the state, and the critical need to close the opportunity gap to provide for a better future for our children, family and state economy.

Specifically, the event will include presenters and discussion on:

  • National Political and Economic Landscape
  • Building Success Through a Multi-Generation Approach, Prenatal to Age 5
  • Creating Innovative Career Pathways for High School Youth
  • State Leadership Perspectives
  • Legislative Discussion: Emerging Policies for Children and Youth

Event Materials:

2017 Children & Youth Issues Briefing Agenda

Power Point Presentation

Panelist and Presenter Bios

MIF Early Childhood Coalitions MAP

2017 MinneMinds Policy Agenda

Fall Convening: Working Together to Support Early Childhood Mental Health

The Start Early Funders Coalition was delighted to welcome nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Brenda Jones Harden to provide the keynote address, focusing on the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, and how research can effectively inform practice with respect to positive interventions to promote positive outcomes.  Dr. Jones comes to us from the University of Maryland College Park and is also the Chair of the Committee of the Board of ZERO TO THREE.

The program also highlighted best practices across the state, learning from practitioners on how their programs support and address mental health needs of young children, and how partnering with families and external support systems are critical to their success. Additionally, we heard about current and emerging policies evolving within the state to improve awareness and access to important mental health supports for young children.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Keynote Address

Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, University of Maryland College Park and ZERO TO THREE

Best Practice Panel; Prevention to Intervention

  • Anne Gearity, PhD, University of Minnesota and Washburn Center for Children (moderator)
  • Deidre Qunilan,  Circle of Security International
  • Julie Ellefson, Southside Family Nurturing Center
  • Judy Ohm, Wilder Child Development Center

Current & Emerging Policies

Catherine Wright, Minnesota Department of Human Service

Reflective Remarks

MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation

Special thanks and recognition to the Irving Harris Foundation for financial support for this event.

Co-sponsored by: University of Minnesota Harris Programs, Wilder Foundation, and the Minnesota Council on Foundations

Event Materials:

10th Annual Nancy Latimer Convening for Children and Youth

This year’s event focused on the importance of supporting and engaging young dual language learners and their families. According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 10% of the K-12 population in Minnesota is comprised of English Language Learners (ELLs); nearly 30% of the metro student population are ELLs. Emerging research has pointed to the benefits of engaging families of young dual language learners in order to position these young learners for success. With rapidly changing demographics in our schools, and more and more children speaking two or more languages, this event was a timely exploration of how to raise outcomes throughout the educational continuum in Minnesota.

Dr. Ruby Takanishi, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, was the keynote speaker and discussed her work on engaging families as a crucial piece of supporting dual language learners. Dr. Takanishi is a globally respected scholar and advocate for children. Prior to joining the New America Foundation, she served as the president of the Foundation for Child Development and held posts with the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development and the American Psychological Association. She will provide prepared remarks as well as take questions from the audience.

The McKnight Foundation’s Erin Gavin moderated a panel highlighting examples of excellence in engaging families of young dual language learners happening in Minnesota right now. Panel speakers included:

Other event presenters included:

Event Materials:

2016 Children and Youth Issues Briefing

Each year, the Children & Youth Issues Briefing brings together advocates, thought leaders and nonprofits from across the state to discuss innovative initiatives and groundbreaking programs to help shape policy for the year’s legislative session. Nearly 1,000 people attended last year’s event.

The 2016 Children & Youth Issues Briefing highlighted the important progress that has been made in the realms of early education, children and youth policy as well as the legislative proposals being put forward during this year’s session. This year’s event will also feature frank conversation about the need for racial equity to be a central tenant in education efforts.

Specifically, the event will included panels on:

  • Racial Equity for Youth: K-12 Education and Out of School Time
  • Early Childhood Development – Meeting the Needs of Children and Families
  • State Leadership Perspectives
  • Emerging Policies for Children and Youth
  • Audience Q&A with State Legislators

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Agenda

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Presentation

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Panelists & Presenters

Event Videos

Start Early Funders Co-Chair Denise Mayotte and Lulete Mola, Policy & Community Engagement Manager and McKinley Fellow with Greater Twin Cities United Way, opened the event.

10th Annual Nancy Latimer Convening for Children and Youth

This year’s event focused on the importance of supporting and engaging young dual language learners and their families. According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 10% of the K-12 population in Minnesota is comprised of English Language Learners (ELLs); nearly 30% of the metro student population are ELLs. Emerging research has pointed to the benefits of engaging families of young dual language learners in order to position these young learners for success. With rapidly changing demographics in our schools, and more and more children speaking two or more languages, this event was a timely exploration of how to raise outcomes throughout the educational continuum in Minnesota.

Dr. Ruby Takanishi, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, was the keynote speaker and discussed her work on engaging families as a crucial piece of supporting dual language learners. Dr. Takanishi is a globally respected scholar and advocate for children. Prior to joining the New America Foundation, she served as the president of the Foundation for Child Development and held posts with the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development and the American Psychological Association. She will provide prepared remarks as well as take questions from the audience.

The McKnight Foundation’s Erin Gavin moderated a panel highlighting examples of excellence in engaging families of young dual language learners happening in Minnesota right now. Panel speakers included:

Other event presenters included:

Event Materials:

2016 Children and Youth Issues Briefing

Each year, the Children & Youth Issues Briefing brings together advocates, thought leaders and nonprofits from across the state to discuss innovative initiatives and groundbreaking programs to help shape policy for the year’s legislative session. Nearly 1,000 people attended last year’s event.

The 2016 Children & Youth Issues Briefing highlighted the important progress that has been made in the realms of early education, children and youth policy as well as the legislative proposals being put forward during this year’s session. This year’s event will also feature frank conversation about the need for racial equity to be a central tenant in education efforts.

Specifically, the event will included panels on:

  • Racial Equity for Youth: K-12 Education and Out of School Time
  • Early Childhood Development – Meeting the Needs of Children and Families
  • State Leadership Perspectives
  • Emerging Policies for Children and Youth
  • Audience Q&A with State Legislators

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Agenda

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Presentation

Children & Youth Issues Briefing Panelists & Presenters

Event Videos

Start Early Funders Co-Chair Denise Mayotte and Lulete Mola, Policy & Community Engagement Manager and McKinley Fellow with Greater Twin Cities United Way, opened the event.

Eshay Natresse delivered a spoken word performance to help jump-start the program.

Panel discussion featuring leaders from the Minnesota Legislature. Speaking on the panel were:

  • Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
  • House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin
  • House Minority Leader Paul Thissen

Panel discussion on the early childhood development and meeting the needs of children and their families. Participating in the panel were:

  • Sinying, Parent, Saint Paul
  • Amber Stech, Parent Mentor, White Earth Child Care/Early Childhood Programs
  • Amanda Easty, Director, Hallelujah Child Care, Hermantown
  • Laura Tompkins, Executive Director, Joyce Preschool, Minneapolis
  • Dianne Haulcy, Co-Chair, Voices and Choices for Children Coalition

Carolyn Smallwood, Executive Director of Way to Grow moderated the panel.

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith spoke about Minnesota’s ongoing commitment to making education a priority

Panel discussion focused on E-12 education through a racial equity lens. Participating on the panel were:

  • Jennifer Godinez, Associate Executive Director, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
  • Barb Fabre, Director, White Earth Child Care Program
  • Ann Marie DeGroot, Executive Director, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Kimberly Matier, Executive Director, West Metro Education Program
  • Bo Thao Urabe, Network Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders
  • Kleber Ortiz-Sinchi, Social Studies Content Lead, Minneapolis Public Schools

Anthony Galloway, Student Program Lead at the West Metro Education Program facilitated the panel discussion.

Key legislators on the health and education committees at the Minnesota Legislature participated in a panel discussion and took questions from the audience. Particapting on the panel were:

  • Charles Wiger, Education Finance Committee Chair, Minnesota Senate
  • Melissa Franzen, Health and Human Services Finance Committee, Minnesota Senate
  • Jenifer Loon, Education Finance Committee Chair, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Matt Dean, Health and Human Services Finance Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives

 

Greater Twin Cities United Way CEO Sarah Caruso concluded the program by providing brief remarks.