Betsy Hodges

Mayor details strategies for eliminating childhood gaps

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A final report from Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet released Monday is the most detailed version yet of her plan to shrink the city’s disparities by eliminating early gaps in healthcare, education and housing.

The recommendations focus on children from before birth to age 3, a critical period for health and brain development. The report states Minneapolis is facing an “epidemic” of children arriving in kindergarten unprepared — children who are then less likely to graduate from high school and earn a decent wage in the years ahead.

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