Nancy Jost to Chair Early Learning Council

Nancy Jost to Chair Early Learning Council

Nancy Jost, early childhood coordinator for West Central Initiative (WCI), has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the Early Learning Council and will serve as its chair. The Early Learning Council makes recommendations to the Governor, Children’s Cabinet and Legislature, including proposed legislation on how to effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten school-ready.    

As WCI’s early childhood coordinator, Jost oversees 10 Early Childhood Initiative coalitions in the region, as well as the Early Childhood Dental Network and Early Childhood Mental Health Network. She works to increase communication and partnership between early childhood stakeholders, such as families, care providers, businesses, law enforcement, health care professionals, schools, public officials and more. She is a tireless advocate for quality early childhood care, education and policy development—locally, statewide and nationally.

Jost is a graduate of the University of Minnesota—Morris, with a B.A. degree in sociology with an emphasis in Family/Child development, and a licensure in Early Childhood/Family Education. She has worked in the area of early childhood since 1972. Her background includes family and center child care, preschool, early childhood special education, Child Care Resource and Referral (now Child Care Aware) and Early Childhood Family Education. 

She is active in the Mn Start Early Funders Coalition, the Minnesota Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, MN PreK to Grade 3 Design Team, the MN Targeted Home Visiting Coalition and Parent Aware Advisory Council.

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation serving the nine west central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI invests resources in our communities for regional success, using the tools of economic development and community development, and by promoting philanthropy. Learn more at