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There are only TWO weeks left in our state legislative session!

Monday, April 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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There are only TWO weeks left in our state legislative session, and everything now comes down to the handful of legislators chosen to represent their parties on conference committees.  Conference committees are where the Senate brings its, say, education proposal, the House brings its education proposal, and they’re wildly different.  The conference committee members have to work out differences between the two proposals to produce a single bill that both the full House and Senate can pass… and they need to agree on every penny of the money, too.  ‘Cause that’s easy.

So, today’s advocacy alert (thanks to our friends at MinneMinds) touches on both the child care assistance and scholarship sides of the equation.  You will first find a list of members on the education conference committee along with a template message.  Then you’ll find a list of those on the health and human services conference committee and a template message for them.  You can put all the email addresses for each committee on a single message for ease, so 2 emails total.

With conference committees comes an opportunity to let legislators know how important it is for every child in the state to have access to high-quality early childhood programs.

Below are email templates you may use to send to the conferees in their respective committees. Feel free to share among your networks:

Please email ayanfe@newpublica.com when you’ve contacted your legislator so we can keep track of how many of our members have reached out. 


Education Conference Committee

Dear [insert name of legislator],

Minnesota’s children represent 20% of our population but 100% of our future! Increased access to scholarships is essential to close the opportunity gap. Close to 33,000 children do not have access to much-needed quality early childhood care and education. Research shows that early investments are the most effective and provide the highest return on investment. I appreciate the investments in Parent Aware and kindergarten entry assessments and ask you to significantly increase investments in early learning scholarships.  

Sincerely,

[insert your name and city here] 
 


Health and Human Services Conference Committee

Dear [insert name of legislator],

Minnesota’s children represent 20% of our population but 100% of our future! Widely accessible, high-quality early childhood care is crucial if we wish to close Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation opportunity gaps. The following items are what I strongly support from the House and Senate Omnibus bills:

  • Provide additional funding for CCAP:  Child care assistance is a critical economic development tool for Minnesota businesses to have a reliable workforce. We need structural improvements to CCAP and they must come alongside protecting and expanding child care access so that all eligible children receive services.
  • Increase access to targeted Home Visiting: These programs provide community-led solutions that stabilize two generations of Minnesotans. Voluntary targeted home visiting equips parents with parenting and family support tools to create an environment conducive to their child’s optimal learning and development. I support language that increases flexibility in types of programs funded and expands funding.

Thank you,

[insert your name and city here]


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