Child Care Issues

Posted 8/14/13 - KARE (NBC) CH-11

The state legislature this year voted to make all-day kindergarten available free of charge to all public school families beginning in the fall of 2014.

Posted 9/10/13 - Faribault Daily News

The start of the 2013-2014 school year brings a whole new set of goals for Faribault Public Schools’ early childhood education programming at McKinley with community outreach, additional scholarships for low-income families and an effort to promote screening for 3-year-olds all on the list.

Posted: 9/9/13 - Minnesota Public Radio

A new study from the University of Minnesota finds students who struggle to understand basic number concepts in early grades continue to make uncommon mistakes in math later on.

Posted: 9/7/13 - Detroit Lakes Tribune

With another school year beginning, exciting things are in store for school cafeterias.

Posted: 9/6/13 - Minneapolis Downtown Journal

Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges has released her plan of attack to tackle the achievement gap in Minneapolis schools — an issue that has dominated debates and discussions on the campaign trail this year.

Posted: 9/4/13 - KSTP CH 5

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states still don't require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters, aid group Save the Children said in a report released Wednesday.

Posted: 9/6/13 - MinnPost

Peggy Flanagan, the new executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, can put a real face on childhood poverty: her own.

Posted 8/20/13 - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities school districts will not just be asking voters for more money for operations this November -- half of those expected to be on fall ballot are seeking funds for buildings, technology and other capital expenses.

Posted 7/21/13 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best ideas to put children on a path to school success rarely come from Washington, D.C.

Posted 6/20/13 - Columbia Heights-Fridley Sun Focus

New Horizon Academy in Columbia Heights on June 17 joined childcare centers throughout the state to serve healthy, locally-grown foods as part of a Farm to Childcare initiative.

Posted 6/17/13 - Minnesota Public Radio

A new program designed to serve healthy, locally grown food to young children kicks off on Monday at 62 child care centers around Minnesota.

Posted 8/23/13 - MinnPost

That low, plaintive sound you hear is the sound of early learning advocates across the state lamenting cuts in the federal Head Start program.

Posted 8/15/13 - St. Paul Pioneer Press

A middle-income family will spend $241,080 on average to raise a child born last year to the age of 18, a 2.6 percent increase from a year ago that outpaces the broader inflation rate, according to a government report.

Posted 8/15/13 - WCCO (CBS) CH-4

We love them to death, but any parent knows, it’s expensive to raise a child. New numbers from the USDA estimate the cost to raise a boy or girl born in 2012 is $241,080 – up 2.6 percent from two years ago.

Posted 5/17/13 - KSTP CH 5

In Minnesota, child care can already cost more than a year of state college tuition.

Posted 5/7/13 - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Beyond the legislative clamor of more high-profile issues on which the business community has an interest, there is a growing presence among executives regarding investments in the future workforce through market-based programs affecting 3- and 4-year-olds.

Posted 8/14/13 - Mankato Free Press

Sharla Boyer was decked out in a white cowboy hat, matching boots and a flannel blouse, which wasn't unusual.

Pine County parents will have a new free tool to help pick the right day care for their child in 2013.

Nonprofit Celebrates Name Change, 25 Years of Service

Child Care Resource and Referral Reintroduced as Child Care Aware of Minnesota


Parents of young children and child care providers will soon have a new resource to go to when looking at child care quality.

Of the many academic risk factors that students face, homelessness may be one of the worst according to a study released today.

Researchers looked at Minneapolis public school students over a six-year span and found that homelessness and high mobility had a greater effect on grades than other poverty-based measure.

View PDF document from the Wilder Research Center website.

View PDF of the report on the Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) website.