MDE reports results of listening sessions on early learning

/ 4 March 2016 / Shawna

“Early Learning Listening Sessions and Survey: Summary of Results and Recommendations” is a report from Minnesota Department of Education that offers findings from seven regional community learning sessions on early learning. The sessions, “We’re Listening: Early Learning in Minnesota” were held throughout the state in November of 2015 and involved 626 stakeholders attendees and 2,521 survey respondents.

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.”

The survey revealed that school board members’ biggest concerns were facilities, transportation and teacher licensure.

Communities surveyed identified different challenges:

  • Transportation and busing
  • Mental health services for stress and trauma
  • Facilities and staffing concerns
  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of high-quality infant and toddler care

The full report is available online.