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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 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

February 2004

Consequences: The impact of Minnesota's government budget cuts

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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