Child care and early learning

Minnesota’s system of care and education for our youngest children is in urgent need of dramatic overhaul.

Our educational system yields deeply inequitable outcomes. And child care is vastly underfunded, relying on workers earning poverty-level wages and that doesn’t have nearly enough capacity to meet the needs of Minnesota’s families.

Education Minnesota and ISAIAH’s Kids Count on Us Coalition recommend raising revenue to build a new system for our youngest learners and the workforce that cares for and educates them. This includes:

  • Creating a mixed-delivery pre-K system aligned with the early indicators of progress and built on equitable practices that excludes no family wanting access.
  • Sustainable funding so that low-income families pay nothing and all other families pay no more than 7% of family income, regardless of how many children are in the birth-4 system.

Learn more: Universal child care and early learning issue brief

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