Minnesota lawmakers propose child care bill to provide "sponsorships" to middle class families

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota lawmakers are working to address rising costs in child care centers across the state. 

HF3681 would provide aim to provide scholarships for families with children under the age of five who make less than 150% of the state's median income. The goal of the legislation is to provide childcare and learning opportunities for children from birth to kindergarten. Currently, lawmakers say most families do not qualify for services because they are making enough money to be above currently set thresholds.

 “We know there is a huge gap in support for nearly 75% of Minnesota families who make too much money to qualify for these existing programs, but not nearly enough to afford both child care and other necessities,” said bill sponsor Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL-Eden Prairie).

Rep. Walter Hudson (R-Albertville) says child care is absolutely an important issue, but the bill has "multiple blind spots" with long-term financial sustainability. An update to include the estimated costs for the program is expected to be included in next week's budget forecast. You can find more information about HF3681 by clicking here

Original Air Date: 
Friday, February 23, 2024