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MCCA, along with its Minnesota's Future partners, hosts Policy Hour each month from October through June. What is Policy Hour? It’s a monthly opportunity for early childhood and school-age care professionals to connect with each other and learn about current policy issues in an informal setting.

Mark your calendars! Policy Hour is held the first Tuesday of each month, October through June, from Noon-1:00 p.m. at Think Small (2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 250; Minneapolis, MN 55413.)

Bring your lunch, invite your friends, co-workers, and colleagues and no RSVP is required.

Minnesota's Future is pleased to be able to continue the work of Child Care WORKS by giving Policy Hour a new home and ensuring early childhood and school-age care professionals have a place to come together.

2015-2016 Topics

January 5th, 2016:
Department of Human Services staff will discuss the newly-released Child Care Development Block Grant plan. This plan describes how the state proposes to meet the new federal law governing child care assistance. The new law also makes changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about child care choices, and improve the overall quality of early care and education.

February 2nd, 2016:
Join Ben Horowitz of the Minnesota Budget Project as he discusses the ins and outs of the state budget process, including the November state budget forecast, and how this year’s budget is shaping up for young children. The organizations of the Minnesota's Future coalition will also share their preview of the 2016 legislative session.

March 1st, 2016:
Join staff from federal offices to receive an update about issues on the national level, including the recent reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the new Every Student Succeeds Act governing E-12 education.

April 5th, 2016:
Minnesota’s Future coalition members will update you on progress and developments one month into the 2016 legislative session.

May 3rd, 2016:
Topic to be announced – this date is held to best respond to evolving issues at the Capitol.

June 7th, 2016:
Hear a legislative wrap-up of what was accomplished in the 2016 session, and what to watch for as new funding and regulations go into effect.

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