Thursday, December 19, 2013
(Undated) -- While there has been improvement overall, school-readiness rates for Minnesota children from low-income families still lag behind those with greater means. Alexandra Fiztsimmons of Children's Defense Fund says one focus now is providing immediate support for the youngest and poorest children, including 35-thousand covered monthly under the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Fitzsimmons says those children need to be connected to Early Childhood Family Education and Head Start. A new report finds nearly three in four children overall are school-ready, up slightly from last year and almost 15 percent higher than in 2010.