WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is an effort that started in February.
United States Senator, Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and her staff visited 13 Minnesota communities to hear people’s voices and learn how to best use resources to bring affordable child care to more Minnesota communities.
“The common theme we heard is that lack of good child care options are really holding communities back,” said Smith in an interview with KIMT. “Someboday said childcare is almost like infrastructure in our communities. Just like roads, and bridges, and schools – if you don’t have that, then things just don’t work for families.”
As a result of the tour, Smith introduced a bill called the “Childhood Care Supply Improvement Act” to support new and existing child care facilities, provide quality and compliance support, and establish a community needs assessment.