Prenatal to Three

Planning Process

Governor Mark Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet has appointed the Minnesota Department of Health to lead the creation of a plan for improving the health and well–being of children during their first three years of life. The plan will include prenatal care and will focus on creating a healthy start for all children in Minnesota. The plan will strive to eliminate health disparities based on race, ethnicity and geography. The plan will take a comprehensive approach involving communities, parents, educators, health care providers, government partners, and others invested in the health and well-being of children.

The process of developing this plan has been underway since August of 2012. At that time, the Children’s Cabinet first gathered stakeholders representing the public and private sectors. The group met four times and relied upon Healthy Minnesota 2020 and the School Readiness Report Card among other documents to develop a planning framework. The framework includes desired outcomes in health, education, well–being, and systems for children ages prenatal through three, their families, and their communities. The framework is intended to be roadmap for future action agreed upon by the Children’s Cabinet, state agencies, the Early Learning Council, and other stakeholders.

Building Power for Babies on June 3, 2013 was the kick–off for phase 2 of the planning process. Phase 2 will focus on two goals:

  • To create an action oriented set of policy recommendations that will both improve outcomes and reduce disparities in the areas of health, well–being, and education for infants, toddlers, their families, and their communities; and
  • To begin public will building efforts around the state for infant and toddler issues utilizing multiple community partners and capacity building strategies.

Seven regional teams from across the state have been developed to have input into the planning process and to start building public will around infant and toddler issues. MDH staff will be visiting each region during the summer of 2013 to have in–depth conversations around systems building and policy issues.


Building Power for Babies Resources

Building Power for Babies took place on June 3, 2013 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This kick-off event for phase 2 of the Prenatal to Three Planning Process brought together over 200 people from across the state to participate in two plenary sessions and breakout conversations. Building Power for Babies featured Dr. Terrie Rose and Laura Porter as well as the Commissioners of Health, Human Services, and Education. The day-long event focused on building a common narrative around infant and toddler issues.

Video: From the Baby's Point of View, by Dr. Terrie Rose
Looking for solutions to the yawning achievement gap for children in poverty, Terrie Rose sees the path of success through the eyes of babies. Because toxic stress, she shows us, influences the abilities of babies to form relationships, manage emotions and learn, with life long consequences, she shares a holistic understanding of mental health and the pathway for success.

Video: The Raising of America Sample Reel

Regional Team Resources

Video: Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child
This 5–minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

Template: Building Power for Babies: Community Dialogue Template
This template should be used in tandem with the Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes video and is meant to help the teams drill down to making recommendations for policy makers on how to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, their families and communities.