The Walz-Flanagan Administration has created a call to action to put children and families at the center of Minnesota’s government. Governor Walz signed Executive Order 19-34 Aug. 7, launching new actions and accountability for Minnesota’s children, which will be led by a revamped Children’s Cabinet. Through the Executive Order, the Children’ Cabinet is charged with taking a data-driven and results-oriented approach to ensuring Minnesota’s systems are aligned around services and opportunities for Minnesota’s children as well as the adults in their lives.
“The success of our state depends on our investment in the success of all our youngest Minnesotans and the creation of an environment in which they can thrive,” said Governor Tim Walz. “We want Minnesota to be the best place to raise a family—for everyone.”
“Today, race, zip code and income are too often a determinant of opportunity, and our efforts have not led to equitable outcomes for children of color, indigenous children, and children in greater Minnesota,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “It is the mission of all of us to prioritize our littlest Minnesotans and I’m excited to do just that through our Children’s Cabinet.”
The Walz-Flanagan Children’s Cabinet will work differently than in the past with leadership from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as chairs and broad agency participation, understanding that children and families intersect with all systems of government. The work will take a whole family approach and focus on results-based accountability. The Children’s Cabinet has work already under way including ensuring that every policy that comes to the Governor’s desk is evaluated with a children and family lens.
The Walz-Flanagan Children’s Cabinet will encompass children of all ages and focus on a broad range of issues and challenges, including:
• Healthy beginnings (beginning with prenatal)
• Child care and education (beginning with early childhood)
• Mental health and well-being
• Housing stability
The work of the Children’s Cabinet will include coordinating, streamlining and aligning programs and strategies, and promoting action and accountability to ensure that each and every Minnesota child, no matter their race or zip code, are prepared to participate in the state’s future workforce and to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Applications for the Cabinet Advisory Council and State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care will be collected through the Secretary of State. To apply, visit: https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/.