Cradle to K Cabinet hosts community meeting

Public invited to share feedback on strategies to eliminate early childhood disparities

Mayor Betsy Hodges and members of her Cradle to K Cabinet will host a public meeting in North Minneapolis Thursday to discuss a set of preliminary recommendations for eliminating early childhood disparities.

The cabinet proposed a series of measures to promote childhood health and brain development, improve access to stable housing and widen access to enriching childcare experiences in a draft report released Jan. 27.  The report can be found on the Cradle to K Cabinet’s web page.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Thursday at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 915 Emerson Ave. N., and is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the report and provide feedback. The first community meeting on the report took place Tuesday evening at Children’s Hospital in South Minneapolis.

Hodges campaigned on a pledge to address disparities among the youngest Minneapolitans, arguing those disparities only widen as children grow into adults. The Cradle to K Cabinet is co-chaired by Carolyn Smallwood, executive director of Way to Grow, and Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota and a former Minneapolis School Board member.