|Carter appoint Director Office of Early Learning|
5/7/2013 3:36 PMMelvin Carter III Appointed as Minnesota Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Early Learning
Carter to lead statewide office charged with coordinating Minnesota’s early learning efforts
(May 6, 2013 -- St. Paul) -- Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced the
appointment of Melvin Carter III as the new Director of the Office of
Early Learning. As director, Carter will oversee a coordinated effort
with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services.
The Office of Early Learning works across agencies to provide resources
for parents and teachers, while ensuring every child has access to
high-quality learning opportunities.
brings an extensive background in advocating for youth to the job. As
City Council Member for Ward 1 in Saint Paul, he worked closely with
Mayor Chris Coleman and the community to establish the Saint Paul
Promise Neighborhood (an effort to eliminate educational disparities),
improve student achievement and ensure success for every child from
birth to high school graduation.
brings extensive leadership experience, broad connections to our
communities and a passion for excellence to this new role,” Commissioner
Brenda Cassellius said. “His tireless work on behalf of the residents
of St. Paul has made a tremendous difference for so many. I look forward
to working with him as he turns that passion toward ensuring every
Minnesota child gets a great start.”
importance of early learning is a topic that has been front and center
during the current legislative session. In Governor Mark Dayton’s budget
proposal, early learning receives targeted funding including an
additional $40 million for optional all-day kindergarten and $44 million
to expand the state’s early learning scholarships.
fills a vacancy left by outgoing director Karen Cadigan. He will
continue working with Office of Early Learning staff to oversee the
state’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant and resulting
state plan. He will also travel the state to work with communities on
their efforts to ensure every child, from birth to grade three, is on a
path to success.
on the Saint Paul City Council has been the honor of a lifetime,” said
Councilmember Carter. “From establishing the Promise Neighborhood to
ensuring light rail will serve our community well, I am extremely proud
of what we have been able to accomplish and I look forward to continuing
my service on behalf of families here in Saint Paul and many more
through my work in this exciting new role."
Carter is a close friend and a fearless advocate for Ward 1 and the
rest of our city. On behalf of our city’s residents, I thank him for
his dedication and tireless service to this community,” said Saint Paul
Mayor Chris Coleman. “At the Office of Early Learning, he will have the
unique opportunity to have a far-reaching impact on the lives of our
young people. Anyone who knows Melvin understands this is a deep
passion for him. I join with his colleagues on the Council in wishing
him the best in his new role.”
being appointed in 2011, outgoing director Dr. Karen Cadigan has worked
tirelessly on behalf of the state’s youngest learners. From overseeing
the creation of the Office of Early Learning to implementing the state’s
Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, her work has helped
drive the conversation around early learning in Minnesota.