Legislative session results in modest gains for child care initiatives

The final jobs, energy and commerce omnibus bill that Minnesota Legislature passed on May 25, and which Gov. Walz signed into law today, includes two separate appropriations targeted at addressing the child care crisis in Minnesota, with a particular emphasis on Greater Minnesota.

The bill includes a one-time appropriation of $750,000 to be divided between the Minnesota Initiative Foundations to support their efforts to build capacity with child care providers and in our communities. The bill also appropriates an additional $750,000 to the existing DEED child care grant program, of which at least $450,000 will go out to Greater Minnesota, for additional provider support.

Unfortunately, with no bonding bill this year, a GMNP proposal to give much-needed capital to Greater Minnesota communities to expand child care facilities did not move forward