Early Learning Coalitions co-facilitated by the Office of Early Learning

Hamline Midway ELC grounding
Early Learning Coalitions in Action

Early Learning Coalition Purpose

  • Child well-being indicators suggest that children who have integrated supports thrive. Relationships with family and community members, teachers and care providers, for example, can encourage a trajectory of success. These relationships provide the context through which children experience life. Early Learning Coalitions seek to integrate the relationships young children and their families have with individuals and organizations so these systems work together to impact the whole child, including their education.

    Early Learning Coalitions aim to:

    • Provide a facilitated space to address community concerns related to early learning and child well-being.
    • Create an opportunity for SPPS OEL to participate in early learning community initiatives designed with/by, and representing, our community demographics.
    • More fully understand a community’s hopes and vision for their children and families through an asset based approach.
    • Foster networking opportunities for current and potential community partners.



Why ELCs?

  • Early Learning Coalitions:

    • Look at the relationships that provide context through which children and families experience life.
    • Use assets-based community development models. This differs from needs-based community development in that it focuses primarily on honing and leveraging existing strengths within a community rather than bolstering community deficiencies.
    • Involve organizing the community around topics that move its members into action, and then determining and taking appropriate action.
    • Believe that solutions to community concerns already exist within a community’s assets.
    • Understands that efforts are more effective, and longer-lasting, when community members dedicate their time and talents to the changes they desire.

For Inquiries

  • Early Learning Coalitions bring together residents, individuals, and organizations to leverage voice and impact. Use of community partners and community expertise is critical to the vitality of ELCs.

    Below is a brief slideshow of a presentation from the MN Children's Defense Fund on the MN Kids Count Data Book. This opportunity was provided to all ELC members in November 2018 with an intent to foster shared knowledge and topics for dialogue. Following the presentation and dialogue, members gatherd to discuss topics impacting families with young children, focusing on both current barriers and potential solutions. These topics included housing, quality early opportunities, employment, safe communities, and wellness. Child and adult participants engaged freely.

OEL Seeks an ELC VISTA Worker

VISTA Recruitment
  • SPPS OEL seeks a driven individual with community mobilization skills.

    Position Title: Early Learning Coalition Connection VISTA


    The SPPS Office of Early Learning specifically works to ensure lasting achievement for all early learners. Our Early Learning Coalitions aid in this effort by collaborating with residents and organizations within communities for the benefit of families with young children.


    SPPS OEL is working collaboratively with Mayor Carter’s City of Saint Paul VISTA Program—which brings together organizations serving children from birth to three and their families to build “a Saint Paul that works for all of us”—including our youngest residents


    The ELC Connection VISTA will assist in increasing resident participation and voice in current ELCs, while also supporting sustainability across all ELCs.


    Contact: Nikole Logan