Principles & Values to Guide Policy Decisions

The following principles and values have been agreed upon by the ally organizations and guided the development of the Minnesota's Future Agenda.


Children and families from all backgrounds and all economic circumstances have equal access to high quality early childhood services.


Early learning programs and services meet high quality standards that address the developmental needs of children birth to school age.


Parents have meaningful choices among a variety of quality early childhood services.


Building on a diverse delivery system, structures are in place to ensure coordination and integration at the federal, state, and local levels.

Comprehensive & Holistic

Early childhood programs meet the developmental needs of the whole child within the context of their family and their community.


Early childhood services are driven by defined outcomes to which programs, providers and the system as a whole are held accountable.


There is sufficient and sustainable investment from both the public and private sectors to ensure continuous access to high quality early childhood services.

Valuing Parents & Families

Parents are recognized as playing the most significant role in their children’s healthy development; policies acknowledge that children learn and grow most successfully in strong families.

Valuing Professionals

Early childhood programs and services are staffed with high quality professionals who are supported, both educationally and financially, to meet the developmental needs of children birth through school age.

Valuing Diversity

Early childhood policies and services acknowledge and respond to differences in terms of race, culture, language, geography and a child’s particular needs and strengths.