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We are a statewide early childhood leader driving change through partnerships to build an equitable, high-quality early care and education system that meets the needs of Minnesota’s families and children.


We work with integrity, honor diverse ideas and approaches, and foster a culture of respect and trust. We are child-centered and equity-driven.

Practical Vision


  • Access to high-quality, responsive care for all children
  • Highly visible programs and support
  • Equitably compensated workforce
  • Informed and supported profession
  • Creative recruitment and retention strategies
  • Innovative, accessible technology


  • Innovative early childhood leadership
  • Intensive and inclusive relationships
  • Responsive and equitable workplace culture

Mike Huber
Board Chair
Early Childhood Education Supervisor, St. David's Center for Child & Family Development


Phyllis Sloan
Board Vice Chair
Executive Director, La Creche Early Childhood Centers, Inc.

Marlene Jehnke
Board Treasurer
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator, Families First


Lanay Miller
Board Secretary
Chisago County Human Services

Marcia Schlattman
Program Manager, Milestones


Nedra Robinson
Early Childhood Specialist, Simpson Housing


Hannah Riddle de Rojas
Founder, SolBe Learning


JoAnn Johnson
Professor and Chair CFS, St. Cloud State University


Liz Kuoppala
Executive Director, Mahube-OTWA


Maria Steen
District Coordinator, Child Care Aware Northwest

Becky Littlewolf
Child Care Services Program Manager, Leech Lake Child Care


Laurel Wills
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician


Jodi Wambeke
Early Childhood Manager
Jefferson Learning Center - Willmar


Jodi Schneider
Licensed Family Child Care Provider


Mary Fletcher
Director of Early Education



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