ST. PAUL – Republican state Reps. Dale Lueck of Aitkin and Josh Heintzeman of Nisswa invite parents and child care providers to attend a Feb. 9 listening session at the Central Lakes College cafeteria to discuss the challenges of accessing child care in Greater Minnesota.
Rep. Mary Franson, a Republican from Alexandria, chairs the newly established Select Committee on Affordable Childcare and also will be at the meeting.
“This is a good opportunity for child care providers large and small to weigh in on issues affecting them,” Lueck said. “Child care, especially for the youngest of children, is of critical importance and we need to make sure we are doing the right things to help providers meet the needs of our families.”
“According to the Department of Health, Minnesota has lost over 3,000 providers in the last decade,” said Heintzeman. “That’s why ensuring that rural Minnesotans have access to affordable, quality childcare is among my top priorities. I encourage parents and providers to attend this meeting to share their experiences with committee members.”
The meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Central Lakes College cafeteria, at 501 W. College Drive in Brainerd.