Minnesota expands childcare options available for military families

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Department of Defense is funding a new initiative that will help Minnesota military families afford the cost of childcare.

Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood PLUS provides up to 1,800 dollars a month to cover civilian child care for eligible active-duty families. Major General Shawn Manke of the Minnesota National Guard said the program will help the military retain soldiers because it provides a substantial benefit to their families. The program, is called Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood - PLUS (MCCYN-PLUS), and is operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. 

“Minnesota’s military families make incredible sacrifices for our state and country,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. “These families deserve affordable, reliable child care that allows them the flexibility to work, visit the doctor, and manage their lives. By increasing child care options and lowering expenses, we’re making sure our military families know we have their back."

As of July 2024, Minnesota has an estimated 1,600 active duty service members and an additional 21,000 active National Guard members, according to the Minnesota Governor's Office.