Minnesota children and advocates raise their voices at the State Capitol

The fifth annual Voices For Children rally will be held at the Minnesota State Capitol from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 30. More than 1,000 parents, children, early childhood educators and community leaders will work to bring awareness to recent cuts in early education dollars, directly impacting the number of children fully ready to succeed in kindergarten. This year’s theme, “Plant the Seeds-Help Children Bloom” will be stressed by a variety of speakers and a full morning of activities intended to engage Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leadership directly with their youngest constituents.

Only 50 percent of Minnesota children reach kindergarten fully ready to learn. New data shows that high quality early education programs are the key to closing this gap. The Voices for Children rally serves as a day where concerned groups can collectively advocate for Minnesota’s youngest citizens — giving them accessible, affordable and quality early education ensuring that all children are 100 percent ready for kindergarten and that every child can bloom.

At the rally, children will use Radio Flyer wagons to deliver hand-made flowers to legislators and join in a sing-along with the Teddy Bear Band. Call the Mounds View Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education Parent Advisory Committee at 651-639-6028 for more information.

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