New report calls on state to solve Minnesota’s child care crisis

A new report issued by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Think Small, one of the state’s leading research and advocacy organizations focused on improving early childhood education in Minnesota, calls on Minnesota’s policy leaders to address the child care and achievement gap crises experienced across the state, and in particular in Greater Minnesota.

A Roadmap for Action: Addressing Minnesota’s Achievement Gaps and Quality Early Care & Education Shortage is the work of a collection of 10 organizations from across the state, ranging from business groups like the Chamber to associations representing child care providers. Two organizations that work closely with the Greater Minnesota Partnership—the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and First Children’s Finance—participated on the working group.

Included in the group’s recommendation is a call to increase state funding for capital and technical assistance to increase available child care slots in areas of need, which align with the GMNP’s legislative priorities.