Joyce Preschool


Minneapolis Foundation donors are passionate about investing in our most precious resource: our future. Donors support mentoring programs, parent engagement efforts, summer enrichment activities, their alma maters, and more. Together, we gave $12 million to education in Minnesota and beyond. We envision OneMinneapolis where all children are on track to compete in a global economy, participate in civic life, and pursue their dreams.

Did you know...

  • Minnesota has a 35% disparity in graduation rates between white and black students, the worst gap in the country. (Education Department, 2010-11)
  • Minnesota also has the nation's lowest high school graduation rates for Latino and Native students. (Education Department, 2010-11)
  • By graduating students of color at the same rate as white students, Minnesota would add $1.3 billion to the state's economy by 2020. (Itasca Project)
  • The gap starts early: in Minneapolis, just 41% of Latino children start school ready to learn vs. 91% of white children. (OneMinneapolis Report, 2013)
  • Evidence shows that one of the most effective ways to reduce the dropout rate is to begin working with children and their families during the pre-kindergarten years.