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A new statewide report on school readiness shows many of Minnesota’s youngest citizens face hurdles that affect their learning in kindergarten and beyond. At the root of the problem is poverty, says Richard Chase, key author of the first School Readiness report, which was prepared by Wilder Research for the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.

Not only do one in five of the state’s 420,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers live in poverty, but of that group about 30 percent are children of color whose poverty rate is a steep 61 percent, Chase says.

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