The University of Minnesota received a 2011 U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant to support the Midwest Expansion of the Chicago Child Parent (PreK-3rd) Center Education Program in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.
The Child-Parent Centers began in Chicago in the late 1960s and are the best evaluated PreK-3rd approach in the country. The Chicago Longitudinal Study, led by Arthur Reynolds at the University of Minnesota, released the outcomes for participants at age 28 who entered the program in 1983, in a July 2011 issue of Science.
McKnight Foundation Funds PreK-3rd
The McKnight Foundation announced $6 million in funding to two Twin Cities school districts, Brooklyn Center Independent School District and Minneapolis School District, to increase literacy by Third Grade.
Both districts have initiated policy reforms to support their PreK-3rd efforts.