The Policies in Play series takes a closer look at the recently passed state legislative policies that affect early care and education. We work with partners to find out what these policies look like in action and how they impact Minnesota children and families.
By: Cisa Keller, Senior Vice President of Early Childhood Quality Development at Think Small
Quality child care is essential to the state’s economic viability. Every Minnesotan is touched by child care, whether directly or indirectly. Child care allows families to go to work, supports children in their development as tomorrow’s workforce, and is a network of small businesses that span all geographical, economic and cultural communities in Minnesota. Child care is a foundational element that creates the space for our state’s economy to thrive. At Think Small we believe that by prioritizing investments in both access to high quality and capacity building of the sector, we will be able to strengthen child care business and increase availability for Minnesota’s young families. In doing so we will also achieve a triple bottom line:
- supporting the economy by boosting the business of child care,
- supporting employment for parents and families, and
- supporting young children by preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.