League of Women Voters hosting forum Thursday on early childhood equity

The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is hosting its Healthy Legacy forum Thursday night to address issues regarding children’s readiness when entering kindergarten and health and racial equity in Minnesota.

Mayor Betsy Hodges was set to discuss her Cradle to K Cabinet’s report on early childhood education, but was called to Washington D.C. earlier in the week, said Karlynn Fronek, co-president of the league.

Peggy Flanagan, co-chair of the Cradle to K Cabinet, will replace Hodges. While Hodges’ cabinet is focused on early childhood education in Minneapolis, Fronek said, “There is a lot of overlap, and the county has a huge stake in this.”

The Minnesota Department of Health’s report on health equity in Minnesota will also be featured.

The forum will have resource booths from its partners passing out information on issues being discussed, eight speakers will address those issues and a panel of experts will join the discussion on early childhood learning, health and racial equity followed by a Q&A.

Some of the panel includes Jeanne Ayers, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, Dr. Rose Brewer, Afro-American and African studies professor at the University of Minnesota and Kathleen Schuler, co-director of the Healthy Legacy Coalition.

The forum will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., 5:30–9 p.m.League of Women Voters supporters will provide food.

Aaron Bolton is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota. He also is Radio K’s music reporter, and writes as a college contributor for The Current.