Governor Dayton recently announced his plans to include the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) in his budget—a strong endorsement of the program’s results and impact. Governor Dayton’s proposal includes $2 million in funding for the education initiative in the 2016-2017 biennium.
“The Governor has taken a strong stand on education since he has taken office by increasing support for early childhood scholarships and other early learning initiatives. This proposed investment is an extension of his values around education equity and we’re thrilled that the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood is included in his budget,” said SPPN partnership co-chair, Ann Mulholland.
SPPN staff, partners, and families have been at the Capitol this month advocating for the family and academic supports outlined in the SPPN’s 2015 Promise Agenda, including:
- Establishing cradle-to-career initiatives across the state of Minnesota, and closing the education opportunity gap
- Increasing access to quality early child education
- Extending the Rental Assistance Pilot for Homeless and Highly Mobile Families
See the full release for more information.
Photo above: SPPN Scholars attend a concert with the Okee Dokee Brothers at Governor Dayton's office.