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ERIC Number: ED504636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
When Business Gets Involved: A Case Study of Business Community Involvement in Minnesota's Early Childhood Education Policy
Kovach, Melissa
Public Policy Forum
The report details Minnesota's early childhood education (ECE) activities from 2003 to the present, with a particular focus on the role of the business community. Although the report illustrates how fact-based information, partnered with dedicated and well-connected people and organized task forces, creates change, there remain components of Minnesota's ECE reform plans that some thought would quickly become statewide, such as scholarships for low-income children to attend high-quality child care, remain in pilot phases. Lessons learned include: (1) Research reports can be a catalyst for change; (2) The business community can be engaged by efforts that use their language and underscore the economic/workforce development and "market failure" sides of the issue; (3) Successful coalitions are bipartisan and gender-balanced; (4) Public funds can come with red tape and may be rejected in favor of expediency; and (5) Pilot projects may be more realistic than widespread policy implementation. (Contains 23 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota