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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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August 2005

The FY 2006-07 budget: Impact on working families and individuals

July 2005

The FY 2006-07 budget: Impact on children & youth

March 2005

President Bush's budget would harm Minnesotans

June 2004

"Do-Nothing" session mixed blessing for health and human services

Child Care Blog Posts

May 14, 2021

Governor and Legislature lay out their visions for the FY 2022-23 budget

What do Minnesotans need to get through the continuing disruption from a pandemic and economic recession, and how do we...

April 06, 2021

The American Rescue Plan – a buoy for workers, families, essential public services, and the economy

The American Rescue Plan provides important and much needed economic support for struggling workers and their families, will protect and expand crucial public services that they count on, and will further jumpstart the economy, but funding is largely focused on the near-term.

December 18, 2020

Legislature passes supports for Minnesota workers and businesses

Minnesota legislators voted to provide much-needed economic supports to workers and businesses in a one-day session...

July 02, 2020

Work remains to advance health, safety, and economic security

What did and did not happen in the June special session to address Minnesotans' health, safety, and economic priorities?

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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