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Journey to Growth Early Childhood


Coordinate Enhancements of School Readiness and Early Childhood Programming

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About the project

Project Phase:



Children & Youth, Education    


Contact: Jerome Ferson ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Journey to Growth Partnership

Known/Likely Collaborators: Journey to Growth Partnership

Potential Collaborators

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Detailed Description

Objective: Coordinate Enhancements of School Readiness and Early Childhood Programming

The capacity and quality of a region’s talent base are important underpinnings of economic development competitiveness in today’s economy. The Early Childhood Journey Committee is focused on optimizing our talent base through supporting effective and comprehensive early childhood education programs.


  1. Enhance the coordination of partners, programs, and performance metrics to improve early childhood outcomes
  2. Support the expansion and development of school readiness and early childhood programs




Project Status/News


Related PlanScape Status

Children & Youth, Education  

February 18, 2020: Federal Reserve Bank quality education initiative

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis invitation to support constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality education for all of our state's  children.  

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January 30, 2020: Creating a 21st Century Community Space

 Community Response Resource Coalition formed to drive 21st Century Community Space. 

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December 10, 2019: Journey to Growth Plan 5 Year Conclusion and Celebration

Per PB Reporting: "While the five-year timeline for the Journey to Growth initiative has wrapped up, the work of diversifying Southern Minnesota's economy continues."  


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July 31, 2019: Rochester Area Family Y

Y Membership Scholarship Application Announcement.

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July 26, 2019: Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Evaluation Study Group

Study session by the school board on evaluating the superintendent. 

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