Early Childhood

Minnesota Prenatal to Three (PN-3) Coalition

Minnesota’s Prenatal to Three (PN-3) Coalition represents a broad array 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.

  2. Increase smart investments in Minnesota’s young children and their families.

Children's Defense Fund-MN is the fiscal host and co-chairs the PN-3 Coalition with West Central Initiative. Funding is provided by Alliance for Early Success.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

  • Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Project Coordinator, Laura@LaCroixDalluhnConsulting.com
  • Nancy Jost, Co-Chair, nancy@wcif.org
  • Bharti Wahi, Co-Chair, BWahi@ChildrensDefenseFund.com

Policy Goals

Minnesota’s future prosperity depends on the well-being 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.

2021 Policy Platform 

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.

  • 2021 Policy and Legislative Priorities: Minnesota's Prenatal to Three Coalition is working in partnership with early childhood advocates to prioritize the following policy and legislative positions in 2021.
  • 2020 Session and Special Session SummaryThe Minnesota Prenatal to Three Coalition through its many partners collectively saw a number of important successes for Minnesota’s infants, toddlers, and young families across the state. 


Early Childhood Meetings & Events

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 the month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Join us via Zoom.

  • February 12, 2021
  • March 12, 2021
  • April 9, 2021
  • May 14, 2021
  • June 11, 2021
  • August 13, 2021
  • September 10, 2021
  • October 8, 2021
  • November 12, 2021
  • December 10, 2021