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Minnesota Child Care Association 2017 Public Policy Agenda

The Minnesota Child Care Association’s Vision

  • Every child arrives at school ready to learn and has the skills and knowledge necessary to continue successful development

  • All families have access to high-quality early childhood programs

  • Minnesota invests in sustainable funding that fully supports quality, choice, and access for families

 

Our Principles

High-Quality Child Care:
  • Helps children, families, and communities prosper

  • Produces public economic and social benefits that matter to everyone

  • Is an essential part of Minnesota’s early childhood education system

 

What We’re Focused on in 2017:

Supporting Access to and Choice of Early Childhood Programs for All Families

Reform and invest in Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program to increase stability and access for low-income families:
  • Ensure that Minnesota adopts the family-friendly provisions in the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant

  • Increase provider reimbursement rates to reflect the cost of quality, encourage programs to locate or expand in high-need areas, and give families more power to choose high-quality environments for their children

Expand Early Learning Scholarships:
  • Increase overall investment to serve more children more fully

  • Increase flexibility around annual caps and eligible ages to best meet each family’s needs

  • Create provisional rating within Parent Aware to support high-quality providers’ expansion into high-need areas

Enact Package of School Readiness Tax Credits:
  • For Families: per child increasing with Parent Aware rating of chosen provider

  • For Teachers/Directors: per staff member working in Parent Aware-rated programs based on individual career lattice level in Develop

  • For Providers/Owners: per provider increasing with Parent Aware rating level

  • For Concerned Businesses/Individuals: credit to encourage financial donations to Minnesota’s R.E.E.T.A.I.N. program aimed at supporting compensation and retention among early childhood educators

 

Support a Mixed-Delivery Early Childhood System

  • Amend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) language to mandate that 50% of funds be used in community-based programs

 

Protect Access for Families of Children with Disabilities

  • Exempt Rule 3 child care providers from the Positive Supports Rule to ensure that providers may continue to use developmentally-appropriate practices to ensure child safety

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