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Quality child care matters to everyone: There is no better return on investment

Child care supports the current economy and helps the future prosperity of Minnesota. Licensed child care contributes to our economy by supporting working families today so they can join and stay in Minnesota’s workforce, while preparing the workforce of tomorrow.
An investment in quality early care and education for children before they reach Kindergarten has the highest possible return on investment for our state. In fact, well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public returns, as much as $16 to $1 according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Up to 90% of brain development happens before age 5, making the early years the most important time to invest in quality education. And, research shows that every year approximately 15,400 low-income children arrive at kindergarten not fully prepared to succeed, costing Minnesota $56,000 over the lifetime of each unprepared child and approximately $860 million for every year this trend continues.
We can invest now in our children and families and enjoy long-term savings, with a nation of healthy, achieving children and more stable families. Or, we can fail to make the investment and pay the price: increased delinquency, greater educational failures, lowered productivity, less economic competitiveness, and fewer adults prepared to be effective, loving parents to the next generation of children.

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Minnesota Child Care Association Policy Agenda for 2014

2014 Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) policy priorities include targeted investments for child care, including rate reimbursement increase and increasing the subsidy eligibility redetermination period to an uninterrupted 12 months. MCCA has also signed on with MinneMinds, a statewide campaign to increase public funding for access to high quality early care and education programs.

MCCA Policy Agenda 2014

Minnesota Child Care Association

In the News

Minnesota Launches New Day Care Rating System, KARE News, March 7, 2014

Pre-K Scholarships Prove Vital, KAAL TV, February 27, 2014

Early Childhood School Scholarships To Get a Push, Politics in Minnesota, February 19, 2014

Early Ed Advocates Hope to Expand Scholarships, End http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/ Child Gap, MinnPost, January 14, 2014

Legislation Seeks to Increase State Funding for Pre-K, Star Tribune, January 14, 2014

Bill Would Add $20 million for Preschool Scholarships, Pioneer Press, January 11, 2014

More Minnesota Youngsters Ready for Kindergarten, MPR, December 11, 2013

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