From the Strib's Eric Roper:
During his speech, Dayton touted the re-establishment of two initiatives that were created by two former Republican governors.
The “Children’s Cabinet” was formed in 1992 by then-Gov. Arne Carlson to encourage state agencies to better serve children. It was consisted of representatives from the departments of health, human services, education, public safety and planning, according to a 1992 Star Tribune article.
One of the Cabinet’s main goals, Carlson said, was to improve health care access for children.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty formed the Council on Early Childhood Education in 2008 to improve schooling for children. It was made up of parents, agency representatives, college administrators, legislators and other stakeholders. It published a report in 2009 detailing several goals and strategies.