Minnesota releases report and recommendations addressing child care challenges
The Minnesota Business Vitality Council says the lack of child care options impacts the state’s employers and workforce.
Under the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a working group charged by the Minnesota Business Vitality Council , has released a final report and recommendation to support the creation and sustainability of child care businesses.
“The availability of child care is a business issue with deep ramifications for our economy, our workforce, and our communities,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.
“The lack of reliable child care has a massive impact on our workforce. This report brings innovative new solutions to how we can fix this market, and details new ways government and business can partner to make sure every working family has access to quality care.”
The report highlights key recommendations for ECE financing, cross-sector partnerships, state-level coordination, and workforce supports, including expansion of funding to bring multiple sectors together to plan for child care needs in local communities.
Recommendations also include tax incentives for employers who invest in community child care capacity, plus dedicated funding and support for child care facility development.