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Minnesota's Future now hosts Policy Hour, a monthly opportunity for early childhood and school-age care professionals to connect with each other and learn about current policy issues in an informal setting.

Policy Hour is held the first Tuesday of each month, October 2016-June 2017, from Noon-1:00 p.m. at Think Small (2021 East Hennepin Avenue | Suite LL20, Minneapolis, MN 55413).

Please note:

  1. Think Small has moved to the lower level of the Hennepin Town Square building, Suite LL20.
  2. Because of the New Year holiday, January's Policy Hour will be held on Tuesday, January 10.

New This Year

We're excited to be able to offer remote access! If you are interested in connecting remotely, please contact Marie Huey at

No RSVP required!

Invite your friends and coworkers!

Bring your lunch!


2015-2016 Topics

2016-2017 Topics

May 2, 2017

Want to have a better understanding of how federal policy efforts affect our state work? Join us on Tuesday, May 2 to discuss what is happening with regard to early childhood and afterschool federal policy. We will be discussing recent activity with a focus on the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizations, and 21st Century Community Grants.

April 4, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, April 4 to learn more about the Power to the Profession initiative and how you can share your perspective and your voice in this conversation. This initiative is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession (birth to 8) by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.

March 7, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, March 7 to hear from Jim Koppel, Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services, about the Child Care Development Block Grant reauthorization requirements and what it means for the children and families in your program.

February 7, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, February 7 to learn about new reports that will be informing the policy discussions at the Capitol this session. This will include an overview of the Moving to Mixed Delivery, Voluntary Preschool for Four Year Olds: An Approach for Minnesota - a report from the Pre-K to 3 Design Team. We will also review the recommendations in the Legislative Task Force on Access to Affordable Child Care report.

January 10, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, January 10 to hear what policies the organizations of the Minnesota's Future & Voices and Choices for Children coalitions will be prioritizing in the 2017 legislative session.

December 6, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, December 6 to hear from The Minnesota Budget Project regarding the November budget forecast. In addition, we will be joined by several early childhood and afterschool lobbyists who will be sharing their perspective on election results and things to note for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session.

November 1, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, November 1 to hear about new federal regulations related to early care and education and school-age care policy. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services released final regulations on both the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as well as the Head Start Performance Standards. In addition, the Federal Department of Education released proposed regulations for the Early Student Succeeds Act (formally No Child Left Behind) that includes early learning opportunities. Join us to learn more about these federal policies and how they afford new opportunities for Minnesota families with young children.

October 4, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, October 4 for the first Policy Hour of the new season! It has been a busy summer in the early care and education and afterschool fields, with action underway on several initiatives, including the release of the Voluntary Pre-K grants, movement on the DEED grant program to increase the supply of quality child care in rural Minnesota, and the initial meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Child Care, to name just a few. Join us to catch up on the latest activity and gear up for the 2017 Legislative Session.

Questions: Please contact Sara Benzkofer at

Minnesota’s Future is pleased to be able to continue the work of Child Care Works by giving Policy Hour a new home and ensuring early childhood and school-age care professionals have a place to come together.

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