STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST JOINT MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION
JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE DIVISION
EARLY CHILDHOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION
Representative Dave Pinto, Chair of the Early Childhood Finance & Policy Division, called the joint meeting to order at 1:12 PM on March 1, 2019, in the Mississippi Community Room 106 of the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud, MN. A quorum was not present.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Oriane Casale, Assistant Director, Department of Employment and Economic Development, presented an overview of Minnesota’s early learning industry and workforce.
The following individuals presented an overview of the economic impacts of the child care shortage in Minnesota:
Richard Chase, Wilder Research
Carol Anderson, Morrison County Development Corporation
Jerry Cutts, First Children’s Finance, presented an overview of early childhood financing throughout Minnesota.
Cisa Keller, Think Small, presented an overview of the Early Care and Education Crisis Work Group Report.
The following individuals provided public testimony:
Kraig, Lakes and Pines Community Action, Head Start
Lori Loehrer, Director of Sartell Child Care & Early Education
John Smith, Promise Neighborhood of Central MN
Natalie Ringsmuth, School Board 742
Representative Pinto adjourned the meeting at 2:54 PM
Representative Tim Mahoney, Co-Chair
Representative Dave Pinto, Co-Chair
Michael Mollner, Committee Legislative Assistant
Polly Cerkvenik, Committee Legislative Assistant