Conversations about Early Childhood Take A Few Unexpected Turns

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Early childhood has consistently been a top tier issue at the state legislature and this session was no different. The conversations that gained the most attention, however, were not primarily driven by the priorities of early childhood advocates, but rather by emerging issues and reports that came out during this year’s session.

One key bill that passed the House and Senate [SF3310/HF3403] modifies child care licensing provisions. This bill is targeted at helping to address the childcare shortage which is particularly prominent in rural Minnesota. The bill aims to provide flexibility and reduce some regulations to make it easier to operate a child care center. This bill passed unanimously in the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Other top early childhood issues this session:

Education equity is an important part of MCF’s public policy work, with a focus on establishing a statewide system of early childhood education to assure that all young Minnesotans are physically, socially and cognitively prepared for school and lifelong learning. MCF is a member of the Start Early Funders Coalition.  Learn more about Start Early here: http://startearlyfundersmn.org/

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