The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with Child Trends and SRI International, began evaluating the early childhood education initiatives of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) in 2008. These initiatives included 11 innovative early childhood programs and partnerships, Parent Aware, and the Saint Paul Scholarship Program. The final round of evaluation data were collected in fall 2011 just prior to the MELF's sunset at the end of that year.
The data collected for the MELF program evaluations, now known as the MN Early Childhood Dataset, continue to be of use after the MELF's sunset under the guidance of staff at CEED.
The MN Early Childhood dataset is available for use by researchers and students and includes data from approximately 1100 children, their parents, as well as other data, like environmental quality scores.
For more information on using the dataset, please contact: Amy Susman-Stillman, CEED Co-director, at 612-624-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
 500 Under 5, Autism Society of Minnesota, Parent as Teachers, Wilder Family Literacy, Caring for Kids, St. Paul School Project Early Kindergarten, Bloomington Public Schools, Head Start, Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative, Joyce Preschool, Anoka Healthy Start