2011 ended on a high note for the future of Minnesota children and their families. Our state received three highly competitive, separate streams of federal dollars to improve the state’s education system: the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Promise Neighborhood grant, and the Investing in Innovation or “i3” grant. These grants totaling $88 million were the result of an impressive, collaborative effort where advocates, educators, nonprofits, and providers aligned resources and partnered with the private and philanthropic sectors. This is a rare opportunity for the state of Minnesota to leverage this exciting momentum and to transform our education system.
While the community’s efforts should be lauded, we have much work ahead of us. To ensure that we continue making strides in the gains that we have made, Greater Twin Cities United Way and its partners are dedicated to putting systems in place to track and coordinate these efforts and will make regular reports on the progress available throughout the year. Below are is a current list of reports for your review.