Hundreds of advocates for children and youth will meet Wednesday in St. Paul for a briefing on legislative issues expected to emerge in the coming session.
The session, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the downtown Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, will include an update on the state’s recently awarded Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.
Registration is closed, with more than 700 people expected.
Scheduled to speak are:
- Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Department of Education
- Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Department of Human Services
- Deputy Commissioner Jim Koppel, Department of Health
- House Speaker Kurt Zellers
- Karen Cadigan, Office of Early Learning
- Dr. Robert Jones, University of Minnesota
- Nick Banovetz, MinnCan
- Amy Crawford, Children’s Defense Fund
- Angelique Kedem, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood
- Karen Kingsley, Youthprise
- Mary Neinow, Minnesota Futures Coalition
- Kent Pekel, University of Minnesota
- Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone
- Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project
The briefing is sponsored by the Start Early Funders Coalition for Children and Minnesota’s Future, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Sheltering Arms Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council on Foundations.