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  • Thursday, March 09, 2023 8:17 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    As someone who served in the Minnesota House and now works for Ramsey County, I have seen firsthand the impact that our state’s lack of investment in early care and learning has had in our communities. 

    Families across the state are struggling to access and afford high-quality child care. 

    Businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees due to a lack of child care slots. 

    And providers are struggling to make ends meet due to low wages. 

    Ensuring that families with young children have access to quality, affordable early care and learning opportunities is the best way that leaders can support our workforce, grow our local and state economies, and improve the educational and health outcomes of children in communities across Minnesota. Read more.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2023 11:09 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    There’s great excitement as Alissa Kretsch hides purple hearts around the playroom in her home day care. 

    Kretsch has been a child care provider in New Ulm for more than a decade and runs the business from her home. Her services are in demand, and it’s only getting busier. 

    “I get calls like at least three [times] a week of people not being able to find day care,” she said. “Some of them are even crying because they know they’re gonna lose their job. Also, I’ve heard that there’s some businesses that haven’t come to town because of lack of day care.” Read more.

  • Monday, February 27, 2023 11:32 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)


    Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan visited the YWCA of Minneapolis’ Ecolab child care center in downtown St. Paul on February 21, 2024. 

    They met with children, observed classrooms, and held a roundtable on child care costs and the Gov’s budget proposals with parents & staff.

  • Friday, February 24, 2023 11:28 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Gov. Tim Walz has proposed billions to expand a child care tax credit, increase subsidy rates for low-income families and provide monthly payments for child care teachers. How much will pass the Legislature? Read more.

  • Monday, February 20, 2023 9:00 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The workforce shortage exists everywhere in the state, but it is especially acute in Greater Minnesota. One way to reduce that shortage is to have affordable child care available to parents so they can return to the workforce, says Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter).

    But he said the low population density in Greater Minnesota makes it very difficult for child care centers to be economically viable, resulting in a shortage of 42,000 child care slots in rural areas. Read more.

  • Friday, February 17, 2023 11:12 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    State leaders are redoubling their efforts to prop up struggling daycares and help families pay for child care.

    Governors and lawmakers in both red and blue states this year have proposed increasing child care subsidies for low-income families, raising reimbursement rates for providers that serve subsidized children, expanding publicly funded kindergarten and preschool, and creating new child care-related tax breaks. Read more.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 8:58 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota House Monday passed two bills designed to bolster childcare providers, including one that would increase payments to in the Child Care Assistance Program for lower-income families.

    Childcare advocates, teachers, parents and others chanted and cheered as lawmakers made their way into the chamber for the afternoon session. Read more.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023 2:10 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Minnesota House is reviewing two bills that would shore up finances for daycare providers and increase the number of families that can qualify for assistance. Learn more.

  • Monday, February 13, 2023 10:16 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    (ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota House passed two bills to improve access to affordable child care and early learning. HF 13 increases the maximum rates for all Child Care Assistance Program-eligible children.

    HF 150 delivers a $52.5 million emergency investment in child care stabilization grants and early learning scholarships. Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL – Rochester) voted for the legislation. Read more.

  • Monday, February 13, 2023 12:25 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    (St. Paul, MN) -- Two bills are seeking approval from the Minnesota Senate following their passage in the state House.

    Minnesota House members passed HF 13 (69-59) and HF 150 (70-60). The bills are aiming to increasing the rates of pay for childcare providers, invest tens of millions in child care stabilization grants, and and expand early learning scholarships. Read more.

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