Small Business Letter to HHS Conference Committee Re: Childcare

Members of the Health and Human Services Conference Committee,

We, undersigned business owners, urge you to fully fund Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program.

An inability to access affordable child care is one of the biggest factors keeping parents out of the workforce.  Unemployment is at a historic low and the need for a trained, committed workforce is at a premium. This shortage of workers constraints our state’s economic growth.

A complete freeze of the Child Care Assistance Program, as proposed, harms 30,000 children and 15,000 families, but it hurts our state’s economic well-being and Minnesota businesses.  Without full investment in the Child Care Assistance Program, we can’t have a reliable workforce.

Currently, almost 2,000 families are languishing on the waitlist for the state Child Care Assistance Program, because policymakers haven’t funded it adequately. The Governor and House budgets would take more than half of those families off of the waiting list.

The Minnesota Legislature should eliminate the waiting list for childcare assistance, increase child care assistance reimbursement rates to keep providers in business, and help address the child care shortage.

Goal: 16 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Holly Hatch-Surisook
    Sen Yai Sen Lek, LLC endorsed 2019-04-20 07:21:44 -0700
  • Kevin Brown
    Smart Set, Inc. endorsed 2019-04-19 11:20:26 -0700
  • Eric Goerdt
    Northern Waters Smokehaus endorsed 2019-04-19 05:23:09 -0700
  • Jane Vardeman Shannon
    endorsed 2019-04-18 18:40:18 -0700
  • Sarah Leistico
    Growth & Justice endorsed 2019-04-18 07:41:56 -0700
  • Kate Davenport
    Eureka Recycling endorsed 2019-04-18 06:42:29 -0700
  • Dolores Voorhees
    endorsed 2019-04-18 05:59:35 -0700
    My friends, relatives and contacts in greater Minnesota tell me that child care is one of their greatest community needs.
  • Ralph Bernstein
    Downtown Dogs endorsed 2019-04-18 04:34:19 -0700
  • Anna
    @atsantir tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-17 20:43:48 -0700
  • Anna Tsantir
    endorsed 2019-04-17 20:43:20 -0700
  • Julie Noren
    Light Dark Landscape endorsed 2019-04-17 17:14:59 -0700
    I am a small business owner and employ a total of 6 people (myself included). As I think about starting the cost of child care is a large obstacle — I’m not sure I can continue to run my business and afford child care. I am also worried for my employees, watching them cobble together child care by family members. Please do not cut funding for the Child Care Assistance Program. Please increase funding for this program, eliminating waitlist.
  • Kim Fishman
    Chears Audiology endorsed 2019-04-17 17:11:48 -0700
  • Nicole Jones
    endorsed 2019-04-17 15:13:37 -0700
  • Mark Brakke
    endorsed 2019-04-17 15:10:08 -0700
  • Stacie Renné
    endorsed 2019-04-17 14:18:39 -0700
  • Caitlin Rogers
    Next Day Animations endorsed 2019-04-17 13:27:57 -0700
  • Daniel Swenson-Klatt
    endorsed 2019-04-17 12:54:31 -0700
    My young workers who are starting families need this support to keep service sector jobs they enjoy AND be able to raise a family on a more modest income.

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