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  • Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Huston has been in the child-care business for more than 20 years. She says her operating expenses increased significantly during the pandemic due to extra cleaning costs.

    “I spend probably in a month $300 worth in just the cleaning supplies that’s above and beyond what I used to,” said Huston.

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services has several grant programs to stabilize the child-care industry. However, some day-care groups say more needs to be done.

    “The grants are not enough because of the scale of the child-care crisis we have,” said Clare Stanford with the Minnesota Child Care Association. “But we are thrilled that there are proposals to continue those grants.” 

    Currently, those grants are being funded with federal emergency COVID-19 money. But the support will expire in about a year. The Minnesota Child Care Association wants the state legislature to use state dollars to continue funding those grants.

    “We want families to have more affordable and accessible child-care options. And we want early educators who deliver that child care to have more compensation,” explained Sanford.

    Meanwhile, Huston hopes the state’s budget surplus will allow child-care providers like herself to continue doing the work they love.

    “I want to do this until I retire, and that’s about 10 years away. So, I’ve got 10 more years and I want to stay afloat.” Read more.

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Mother and daughter walking together

    Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by violence across the globe. We’ve compiled these online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking to young children about tragedies they learn about in the media. 

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2022 7:00 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Frontline Worker Pay is law!

    You may sign up on this site to receive updates as the program rolls out.

    Also, here’s an article published today that we worked on behind the scenes. The DFL and the GOP are soooooo far apart.

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