Can Minnesota close gaps and lead in early childhood development?

A woman holds hands and dances with a baby.
Courtney Armborst dances with 1-year-old Loyalle during a Black Lives Matter protest for Jacob Blake on Aug. 24 in Minneapolis.
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Parenting is a difficult job. Add a pandemic and racial inequity, and it can be even more daunting.

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MPR News host Angela Davis, top left, talks with Dianne Haulcy, Dr. Krishnan Subramanian and Wilbert Bettie during the Little Moments Count conference Dec. 1.
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As part of the annual conference for Little Moments Count — an initiative focused on early childhood development — MPR News host Angela Davis recently moderated a discussion about how racial disparities and COVID-19 are affecting families with young children and what Minnesota can do to close the gaps.


  • Sondra Samuels is the president and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone.

  • Dianne Haulcy is the senior vice president of family engagement at Think Small, a Minnesota early childhood education advocacy organization.

  • Dr. Krishnan Subramanian is a pediatrician with Hennepin Health and a pediatric consultant at Redleaf Center for Family Healing.

  • Wilbert Bettie is a father of nine children who has participated in Northside Achievement Zone programming.

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