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Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General supports early childhood education

Minnesota National Guard BLOOMINGTON, Minn- Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, participated in a roundtable discussion with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, July 16, 2013, at Kennedy High School

"Our state and nation's security in the future is heavily dependent on what is happening in early care and education today," said Nash

Nash spoke about an alarming trend among America's youth: nearly 75 percent of 17 to 24-year-olds in the nation are unable to meet the minimum requirements to qualify for military service for reasons such as poor academic achievement, obesity and lack of physical fitness or criminal records Early education intervention is one way the State of Minnesota is looking to close the gap in education

"High-quality early education programs show they are among the most proven interventions in helping young people enter school ready to learn, succeed academically and graduate with the skills needed to be well-educated, contributing citizens," said Nash

The Minnesota National Guard is also reaching out across the state to the more than 23,000 military-connected youth with parents who serve These children face additional and unique stressors and are often geographically-dispersed and without the support services that can be found in the communities surrounding military bases

The Minnesota National Guard, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, developed a K-12 toolkit which is available online for teachers as a resource for assisting military children This initiative is unique to Minnesota as a resource for increasing resiliency and coping skills of military youth

The Minnesota National Guard is committed to partnering with state and local government and community organizations to improve education opportunities for all Minnesotans to provide a knowledgeable pool of future leaders in all areas

"The military needs high school graduates who have reading, math and problem-solving skills not only to pass the military's entrance exam; but also to staff the ranks of a technologically sophisticated, 21st century force," said Nash

July 16, 2013
By Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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