Greater investment needed in early childhood education

In this MinnPost article, NAZ CEO Sondra Samuels and Ramsey County Commissioner Nicole Frethem urge the Minnesota Legislature to make the most of an unprecedented state budget surplus to invest in systemic changes to Minnesota’s early care and education systems. They advocate for providing the infrastructure to make progress toward affordable, accessible and high-quality early care and education for every Minnesota child.

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Kids in Crisis | MN day treatment providers join forces to seek help as waitlists for youth services grow

CEO Tom Steinmetz of The Washburn Center for Children (a NAZ Anchor Partner) talked with Kare 11 about the day treatment options for kids and families in search of stability during a mental health crisis. “Each day, there are about 60 kids who are coming to us from all over Minneapolis,” said Washburn CEO Tom Steinmetz. “Why day treatment is so unique and so important is it provides this intensive therapeutic support in a group setting, while the kid can still keep going to school and stay with their family.”

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North Minneapolis leaders, kids work to heal from recent trauma

CEO Sondra Samuels and NAZ Director of Community Wellness, Jaton White, discussed with KSTP how kids are working to heal from the trauma occurring across North Minneapolis. They shared the resources that NAZ can provide scholars and their families when dealing with things like community violence, educational issues like the recent teacher strike, and other challenges.

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Community leaders react as we wait for the Chauvin verdict

MPR | April 20, 2021

It’s a tense week in Minnesota.
Protests are ongoing after the killing of Daunte Wright. Some journalists covering those protests have been brutalized by police. And National Guard troops patrol the streets in Minneapolis as we wait for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

For some Minnesotans, the last year has been disorienting. Our state is making headlines as a great place to live — unless you’re Black. For others, the trauma of police violence triggers a fresh wave of grief.

Tuesday morning, MPR News host Kerri Miller invited two wise guests to discuss and opened the phone lines to hear from the community about how we are reacting to this moment, and how we might grieve, hope and heal together.

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