Early Childhood

Minnesota Prenatal to Three (PN-3) Coalition


Minnesota’s Prenatal to Three (PN-3) Coalition represents a broad base of local, regional and statewide early childhood stakeholders and coalitions. We believe by focusing on children facing racial, geographic and economic inequities, all children in Minnesota will be born healthy and able to thrive within their families and communities.
The purpose of the PN-3 Coalition is to 1) raise awareness among policy and decision-makers about the importance of these early years and to ensure our youngest children are both meeting important developmental benchmarks and ready for kindergarten, and 2) increase smart investments in Minnesota’s young children and their families. West Central Initiative hosts Minnesota’s PN-3 Coalition, which is funded by Alliance for Early Success.
For Additional Information Contact:
Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Project Coordinator, Laura@LaCroixDalluhnConsulting.com
Nancy Jost, Co-Chair, njost@wcif.org
Bharti Wahi, Co-Chair, BWahi@ChildrensDefenseFund.com
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PN 3 Advocacy Plans

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Minnesota’s Future Starts Now

Minnesota’s future prosperity depends on the wellbeing of every family, every infant and every young child. Healthy child development is fundamental to the overall wellbeing of every Minnesotan. Understanding the developing human brain, which begins before birth and continues into adulthood, is key. Early experiences, within the context of families literally shape how the brain gets built and has long-term consequences on future health and wellbeing.

We believe targeted policy opportunities aimed at those who experience racial, economic and geographic disparities will ensure the first 1000 days of life include quality experiences for infants, toddlers and their families.

2019 Policy Goals

  1. Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for Doulas and Community Health Workers to ensure supports are in place for the ‘Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies’ initiative to assist African American and Native American women and families through pregnancy and early parenting.
  2. Provide Paid Family Leave Insurance to every Minnesota Family.
  3.  Increase Flexibility and Funding for Quality, Voluntary and Culturally Responsive Home Visiting Services to Support Families.
  4.  Increase Access to and Funding for Infant and Toddler Care through Early Learning Scholarships, Child Care Assistance Program, and New Supports to Increase Knowledge among Family, Friend and Neighbor care.
  5. Support workforce development efforts in communities across the state to ensure high quality services are available to families, infants and toddlers.
  6. Support passage of the Community Solutions Fund to encourage thriving families and empower communities of color.

The PN-3 Coalition, and its many partners, collectively saw a number of important successes this year. The PN-3 Coalition is pleased to support such strong early childhood advocates and advocacy organizations!

PN 3 Planning Team

Supporting Organizations:

  • African American Babies Coalition
  • Child Care Aware of Minnesota
  • Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Development & Training, Incorporated
  • Elders for Infants
  • HealthPartners Little Moments Count
  • Indigenous Visioning
  • Initiative Foundation
  • Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies
  • LaCroix-Dalluhn Consulting, LLC
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health – Infant and Early Childhood (MACMHIEC)
  • Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC)
  • Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting (MCHTV)
  • Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFSA)
  • Northland Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Plain Depth Consulting
  • Start Early Funders
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Think Small
  • Voices & Choices for Children Coalition
  • West Central Initiative


PN 3 Planning Meetings Dates

Minnesota's PN-3 Coalition is co-chaired by Nancy Jost of West Central Initiative and Bharti Wahi of Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota and coordinated by Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn of LaCroix-Dalluhn Consulting. Supporting organizations work together to build awareness about these important years and work collaboratively to increase smart investments for infants, young children and their families.

PN-3 Coalition meets the second Friday of month from 9:30-11 AM. Join us in person or online via Zoom.

  • September 13, 2019
  • October 11, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • February 14, 2020
  • March 13, 2020
  • April 10, 2020
  • May 8, 2020
  • June 12, 2020