MDE report reflects early learning obstacles identified by school board members, others

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently released a report, “Early Learning Listening Sessions and Survey: Summary of Results and Recommendations.”

The report is based on seven regional community learning sessions (“We’re Listening: Early Learning in Minnesota”) MDE held throughout the state in November (in partnership with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations).

The goal of the sessions was to discuss how to more effectively link policies, programs and practices to ensure every child in Minnesota has a high-quality early education.

A total of 626 stakeholders attended the listening sessions in addition to 2,521 survey respondents.

The survey revealed school board members’ biggest concerns:

  • Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Licensing teachers

The majority of communities surveyed considered the following services and issues as their greatest challenges:

  • Lack of available transportation and busing
  • Need for more accessible mental health services to support children and families experiencing stress and trauma
  • Inefficient space and facilities to accommodate need and or expansion
  • Lack of qualified staff to meet the need in all early childhood program types
  • Lack of funding and challenges in redirecting existing funding
  • Lack of high-quality infant and toddler care

Please visit to read the full report.

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