Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Applications open for Rural Child Care Innovation Program

First Children’s Finance is seeking communities in Greater Minnesota to participate in the 2021 Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The program aims to strengthen existing early care and education businesses, ensuring that children have continuity of care that prepares them for success in school and beyond and expands the availability of quality child care by creating new and innovative community solutions.
Communities selected to participate in the 2021 program will benefit from support and services from First Children’s Finance, including:

  • Events that provide education on the links between quality child care, rural economic development, and viable communities
  • Development of a community Core Team to drive change by identifying resources to increase the supply of high quality and affordable child care  Continue reading

Notes from the Capitol

By Scott McMahon, GMNP Executive Director

The 2021 legislative session has finally come to an end. This session will never be forgotten, and hopefully, never repeated. After wrapping up the 2020 legislative session a year ago, there were seven special sessions between June 2020 and December 2020 as the state managed the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 legislative session began in early January with completely virtual hearings, floor sessions, and legislator meetings.

Over the course of the five-month session and the two-week special session, the GMNP had hundreds of meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and agency staff and monitored and testified in dozens of committee hearings. Only one of these meetings was in-person. The rest were done via a virtual platform or lobbying from the GMNP office. Despite the challenges of lobbying when there is no lobby, 2021 was a successful session for the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and many of our legislative priorities were enacted.

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