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Lack of access to affordable childcare costs Indiana employers $1.8B a year

There are currently no estimates for the economic cost of lack of access to affordable childcare on the whole state of Minnesota. But the high cost on employers due to lack of access to childcare in Indiana points to a similar high cost for employers in Minnesota. Minnesota and Indiana are both among the least affordable states for childcare, so the costs on their economies from lack of childcare are bound to be high....

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The childcare industry needs more than financial assistance, it needs regulation reform

There are a lot of issues with childcare that go beyond financial fragility. These issues will plague the childcare industry long after the pandemic is gone. Unfortunately, the state of Minnesota has not made much effort into addressing some of these issues.  While the additional funds will be helpful for the successful few applicants selected, these funds can only do so much even for the eligible providers. Sooner or later the state will have to grapple with the need to reform regulation. Overregulation has been one of the leading reasons for the exit of many providers in the last couple...

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New research from the U of M highlights the rural-urban divide associated with access to childcare services

Generally, there is a crisis that has been brewing in Minnesota; parents lack access to childcare services, and in the case that they have access, they can rarely afford to pay tuition. This crisis, however, affects different regions differently. And rural areas suffer the most when it comes to accessing childcare services, as showcased by the map....

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