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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.

Research

August 2003

Impact of the final FY 2004-05 budget

During the 2003 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Budget Project compiled an extensive 26-page spreadsheet that examines proposals made by Governor Pawlenty, the House, and the Senate for resolving the state's $4.2 billion deficit for FY 2004-05. The spreadsheet also includes information on the final budget as passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Pawlenty. The analysis examines decisions that directly impact nonprofit organizations, low- and moderate-income persons, and other vulnerable populations.

February 2003

2002-03 budget-balancing proposals: Comparison and analysis

Child Care Blog Posts

April 03, 2020

The Federal CARES Act: What’s in the economic stimulus bill, who is left out

We’ve called for an inclusive approach to the public health crisis and the related economic impact. While the latest...

March 26, 2020

Walz and Legislature working to combat coronavirus

Even though goings on at the Capitol look a little different right now in response to the novel coronavirus,...

March 16, 2020

Policymakers must act to prevent economic hardship, deep recession

The corona virus is creating a public health emergency and economic disruption. Policymakers should act to alleviate financial hardship and reduce the threat of a deep recession.

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.

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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