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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

February 2004

Consequences: The impact of Minnesota's government budget cuts

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

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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