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 inequities will ensure the first 1000 days of life include quality experiences for infants, toddlers and their families.

2020 Policy Platform & Data

Minnesota’s Prenatal to Three Coalition strives to ensure all children will have healthy births and supportive mothers, fathers, families and communities with resources to develop, grow, and flourish without being defined by one’s income, race, ethnicity or zip code.

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)
  • Proof Alliance
  • Northland Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Plain Depth Consulting
  • Start Early Funders
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • 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.

  • March 13, 2020
  • April 10, 2020
  • May 8, 2020
  • June 12, 2020
  • July 10, 2020
  • August 14, 2020
  • September 11, 2020
  • October 9, 2020
  • November 13, 2020
  • December 11, 2020