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Affordable, dependable child care allows children to thrive, parents to get to work or school, and employers to find and retain workers. But for too many Minnesota families, child care is out of reach due to high costs and long waiting lists for child care assistance.

Our analysis and advocacy focuses on expanding Minnesota's child care assistance so that parents can find the child care that meets their needs, children are in safe, reliable care, and to strengthen Minnesota's workforce.

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July 2018

Federal funds to Minnesota are instrumental to building shared prosperity

Partnership with the federal government allows Minnesotans to have affordable health care, strong roads and transit, supports for jobs and training, and other priorities for thriving families and communities. Close to $25 billion, or 30 percent of the state’s budget, comes from the federal government. Our issue brief looks at how federal budget proposals would significantly weaken this partnership with the states, putting health care, food security, affordable housing, and other supports for Minnesotans at risk.

February 2017

Time to invest in affordable child care through Basic Sliding Fee

Affordable child care allows parents to work, children to thrive in safe, reliable care settings, and employers to hire and keep the workers they need. Basic Sliding Fee, part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program, reduces the monthly costs for child care for families living across the state. But funding has decreased by 25 percent since 2003 in inflation-adjusted dollars and waiting lists have grown. This issue brief highlights the benefits of Basic Sliding Fee, and how increasing reimbursements to child care providers could give parents more options for care across the state.

April 2016

Dayton's FY 2016-17 supplemental budget proposal works to expand opportunity and close racial gaps

With a $900 million surplus, Governor Mark Dayton makes strategic investments that are focused on expanding opportunity for more Minnesotans, regardless of their race or where they live. We dig into the policy priorities outlined in his budget, which proposes $581 million in net general fund spending, $117 million in net tax cuts, and leaves $202 million unspent.

The tax portion of Dayton’s supplemental budget prioritizes sustainable tax choices that move Minnesota toward a tax system that is more equitable across income levels. It is especially focused on supporting working families, particularly those with children.

December 2008

The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s

The Lost Decade looks closely at funding trends in four state budget areas that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesotans: early education and K-12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention. As a result of funding cuts in these areas, many Minnesotans had fewer opportunities to succeed in school, in the workplace, or in providing a decent standard of living for their families.

Child Care Blog Posts

June 19, 2019

Critical funding for health care preserved but small gains in support for families

Overall, the final HHS budget agreement is a mixed bag for Minnesotans.

May 09, 2019

Affordable child care: Good for all

At this point in the legislative session, there’s a lot of attention to the negotiations about budget numbers. Those are...

April 29, 2019

A tale of two HHS omnibus bills: House and Senate offer dramatically different visions

The Minnesota House and Senate have wrapped up committee work on their omnibus budget bills. They present starkly...

March 28, 2019

Governor Walz's revised budget raises additional revenues, adjusts spending to build shared prosperity

Governor TIm Walz's revised budget retains the Walz/Flanagan administration's "One Minnesota" priorities, and augments the surplus by maintaining and raising revenues to invest in health care, education, broader economic opportunity, and transportation.

Our Child Care Policy Work

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Making affordable child care available to families

We support policies to ensure that more Minnesota families have affordable, reliable child care that meets their needs and supports their pathways to economic security. The final budget agreed to by Governor Tim Walz and the 2019 Minnesota Legislature includes important steps to bring child care assistance in Minnesota up to federal standards, which will make child care assistance work better for families experiencing homelessness and ensure families moving to another county don't lose their assistance.

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