Governor Dayton, DEED Announce Additional $519,000 in Grants for Minnesota Child Care Program

26 Jan 2018

New DEED report estimates that 2017 grants will create 972 new child care slots

Governor Mark Dayton and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced $519,000 in additional funding for the Minnesota Child Care Grant program. The grant program is designed to increase the supply of quality child care providers in communities statewide.

“Access to good and affordable child care is essential for all Minnesota families, and it's especially challenging in Greater Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton. “These grants will help hundreds more children receive the quality care they need, while allowing their parents to work and contribute to our state’s growing economy.”

A new report also released today by DEED finds that the grant program created 313 child slots and 54 child care jobs, while helping retain an additional 306 child care slots in 2017. The agency estimates that a total of 972 new child care slots will be created once all 2017 grant projects are completed.

“A lack of quality, affordable child care in Minnesota is a barrier to both economic development and workforce development,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Without quality child care, businesses in Greater Minnesota are not able to hire, and workers are not able to contribute to the workforce. These grants are a small but significant step toward helping to solve this problem.” 

"These grants support our efforts statewide to encourage quality child care for more than 600,000 children and their families," said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. "We currently have a shortage of child care, particularly in Greater Minnesota, and these grants will help not only families who find peace of mind through quality child care, but providers who care for and guide children each day."

Governor Dayton worked with the Minnesota Legislature to secure $500,000 in grants to increase the supply of quality child care providers in 2016 in order to support regional economic development in Greater Minnesota communities. Last year, Governor Dayton collaborated with the Legislature to secure an additional $519,000 to fund statewide grant awards in 2018.

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