Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Report provides new data on child care provider shortage in Greater Minnesota

The Center for Rural Policy and Development has released an updated child care report, available here. The report reaffirms our need to stay committed to advocating for policies and investments that address the unique circumstance Greater Minnesota faces due to our deficit of more than 39,000 child care slots.

One of the most startling findings from the report is that Greater Minnesota lost more than 20,000 child care slots between 2000 and 2020, a net loss of 17.4% of capacity. The total loss comes from a dramatic reduction in the number of family care providers, which saw capacity shrink by 35,455 slots. We actually saw an increase of 15,203 additional child care center slots in those 20 years, but it still left a total loss of more than 20,000 slots. Continue reading

Housing, child care bills in the spotlight

Last week was a busy time for our efforts to advance the GMNP’s economic development policies, with advocacy efforts in multiple committees across both the House and Senate.

On Tuesday, Dan Dorman and Austin City Administrator Craig Clark testified in the Senate Housing Committee in support of SF 752, authored by Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), which would appropriate $6 million into the Greater Minnesota Workforce Housing Development Program and make a policy change that will make the program more effective given Greater Minnesota’s market conditions. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the housing omnibus bill. Continue reading