Early Childhood Data

A new pilot program will help Minnesota begin connecting information from home-visiting programs to the state’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS). If successful, the program will help educators and policymakers measure the long-term benefits of home-visiting programs in Minnesota for the first time. 

“Many children need better access to high-quality early learning opportunities and home-visiting programs well before kindergarten so they are ready to learn on their first day of school,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Linking home-visiting data to our early childhood data system will help us evaluate the long-term benefits of early learning investments. We are excited to work on this important project and learn more about what Minnesota children need early in life to help them succeed.”

Hospital Prices

Employers and the Minnesota Department of Health have joined together to add some price transparency to the hidden world of health care costs. A report of prices paid for a set of four different common procedures at Minnesota hospitals found huge swings in prices depending on which hospital a patient selected.

For example, while the average price paid for a knee replacement in Minnesota was $23,997, the range in prices paid to Minnesota hospitals between July 2014 and June 2015 was as low as $6,186 and as high as $46,974. The average price for a cesarean section delivery was $10,234, with the low price of $4,693 and the high of $22,831.

Tribal Wisdom Project

The Tribal Wisdom Project develops the capacity of tribal communities in Minnesota to address trauma and promote healing through raising awareness around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building resiliency. 

Said one ACEs Interface respresentative, from Leech Lake: "As we discussed how ACEs can affect our behaviors, it was exciting to hear the comment, 'Oh, that would explain some behavior we have as soon as they walk through the door.' Being an ACEs trainer is important to me for that very reason. If I can help someone to have a better understanding of what ACEs are, what their impact is on our lives, and how to help build resiliency in others to overcome them, then I know I will have made a difference in opening the door to the acceptance and understanding of others."