Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Minnesota’s Strength
High-quality child care can help grow the economy, increase public safety, and enhance national security.
Working parents around the state of Minnesota, especially those with infants or toddlers, know how difficult it can be to find high-quality, affordable child care. This problem impacts not only families, but also our state’s well-being, as high-quality child care can strengthen the current and future workforce, contribute to a strong economy and public safety, and enhance national security.
Our new national study found that the infant-toddler child care crisis has an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. These costs impact parents, employers and taxpayers.
Minnesota lawmakers should expand early learning scholarships to children ages birth to 3, to promote access to affordable, high-quality infant and toddler care. Support for high-quality child care is an investment in our future national security, public safety, and economic well-being.