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Learning Gap Continues In Minnesota

Learning Gap Continues In Minnesota

April 24, 2015

The learning gaps between groups of students in Minnesota continue at painful levels. Minnesota has among the highest reading scores in the country for its white students, and some of the lowest scores in the country for students from minority groups. Reading scores continued at very low levels last year for Hispanic, Black, and Native American Minnesotans.

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Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

December 31, 2013

We now know that the first three years of life are the years when the brains of children build their internal connections and become strong. Children whose brains get exercise in the first three years of life have bigger brains -- and those children are more likely to stay in school, avoid challenging health situations, and literally stay out of jail.

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A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

December 10, 2013

Brains are strengthened in the first three years of life. Those first three years give us a golden opportunity to strengthen the brain of each child. The children whose brains are strengthened by having their mother or other people read to them and talk to them every day from birth on are far less likely to drop out of school.

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