Sarah McKenzie

Building a strong foundation


About 5,000 children in Twin Cities are in need of financial assistance for high-quality early childhood programs.

Deby Ziesmer, vice president of early childhood education for the YWCA of Minneapolis, laments the figure cited by Generation Next, a coalition of community leaders working to eliminate the achievement gap in the Twin Cities.

“To me that number is staggering and unacceptable,” she recently wrote on the YWCA’s website. “All children deserve an early start so they may finish strong.”


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