Tin tức phát hành (JRLC): State’s Surplus Perfect Opportunity to Fund Child Care, Early Education

St. Paul, MN (Tháng mười hai 4, 2014): A broad coalition of Minnesota religious groups says that funding for child care and early education should be a high priority and receive increased funding in the 2015 Phiên họp lập pháp.

Today’s announcement of a billion dollar surplus shows that the state’s financial position has finally been righted and that now we can make the strategic investments we’ve postponed for decades,” said Brian Rusche, executive director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. “Helping families care for their children and making it possible for them to afford quality child care should be one of the legislature’s highest priorities.

It’s critical to help the over 7,000 Minnesota families who are eligible for child care assistance, but are currently on waiting lists because state funding is inadequate. Kids really can’t wait if we want them to have consistent, Két an toàn, quality care now,” Rusche continued. “Kids, Cha mẹ, and communities all benefit if we fund child care. It helps the parents stay in the workforce, and helps families meet their other basic needs like housing and food.