The CGMC supports legislative initiatives to increase child care options in all corners of Greater Minnesota. This may include funding to help offset the cost of new or upgraded child care facilities, regulatory changes that remove barriers to entry for providers, training for providers, and other policies and programs that will increase the supply of both center-based and home-based childcare options.
- The Child Care Conundrum: Exploring solutions to the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota
- Legislative Task Force on Access to Affordable Child Care (January 2017)
- A quiet crisis: Minnesota’s child care shortage (Center for Rural Policy and Development, September 2016)
- Greater Minnesota’s Child Care Center Wage & Rate Survey Results (Minnesota Initiative Foundations, March 2017)
- Southwest Minnesota Child Care Center Wage and Rate Survey Results (March 2017)
- Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2017)
- Kids Can’t Wait: 2017 Legislative Agenda (Children’s Defense Fund, January 2017)
- It’s time for an ambitious national investment in America’s children (Economic Policy Institute, April 2016)
- United Way of NE Minnesota Child Care Study Results
- Information on the Quality Child Care Program (from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation)
Bills to Watch
- HF2424 / SF2090 – Provides $1.5 million to DEED for grants awarded to Initiative Foundations for the planning, coordination, training, and education necessary to expand child care access
- HF3605/SF 3316 – Provides $519,000 to DEED for the Minnesota Child Care Grant Program, which aims to increase the supply of child care providers to support economic development.
- HF 4032/SF 3578 – Appropriates $5 million in bonding and $5 million from the general fund to provides grants to local governments and non-profits in Greater Minnesota to help cover the costs to build, upgrade or expand child care facilities.