Sheltering Arms is an active member of the Start Early Funders Coalition, a coalition of 25 Minnesota funders focused on early childhood issues.

The Coalition provides critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota. We are working together to ensure every child in Minnesota is physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively prepared for school and lifelong success.


As an active member of Ignite Afterschool, Sheltering Arms supports the goal to address the afterschool opportunity gap by ensuring that an additional 25,000 Minnesota youth living at 185% of the federal poverty line have access to participate in high quality afterschool and summer programs. The Ignite Afterschool network estimates that a state investment of $25 million/year would provide this level of increased access.