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Minnesota DFLers propose $500M to ease child-care crunch


February 14, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Minnesota House Democrats have offered a $500 million plan for early childhood aid that includes grants and loans for child care providers and child care assistance for low-income families.

More than a third of the early childhood teachers at Karin Swenson's Rochester child-care center have a master's degree in education - yet her staff earn an average of just $14.66 an hour, without benefits.

"Dog walkers, parking lot attendants make more money than we do," Swenson said at the State Capitol, where some legislators have sought to draw attention to a shortage of child-care workers around the state.


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