Representatives of Minnesota’s child care industry say a push to fund all-day preschool will make their services more expensive.
Gov. Mark Dayton will seek approval for an expanded child care tax credit that would extend the benefit to 92,000 more Minnesota families.
As schools around Minnesota cancel classes for Wednesday due to the forecasted extreme cold, some parents are scrambling to find last-minute child care.
Talk of tax cuts has followed word that Minnesota’s budget will run up a $1 billion surplus. Top Democrats and Republicans separately raised the prospect Thursday of giving tax breaks with a portion of the surplus. The first dose could come soon in the next session as lawmakers weigh whether to match up Minnesota’s deductions and credits more closely with those at the federal level.
Returning to work after having a child can be a stressful time for many parents – from worrying to about childcare to simply worrying about their child. According to Child Care Aware, almost 11 million children under the age of 5 are in some type of child care.
State officials say infant deaths in child care settings dropped significantly in 2013. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says three babies died in licensed day care last year, the lowest number in 11 years.
Minnesota ranks as one of the most expensive places in the country for child care, which eats up more than 15 percent of income for a married couple making around $90,000 a year. According to that’s the third worst in the country. On the flip side, the state has strict child-caretaker standards. For parents, it’s a doubled-edged sword.
The state of Minnesota has paid a $60,000 settlement in attorneys’ fees to a group of child care workers who blocked a unionization effort for some home-based providers.
All parents have asked themselves the big question — is it worth paying a babysitter for a night out? Babysitting is big business. In fact, in the last 30 years, the Labor Department says sitter rates have risen nine times faster than inflation.
Ease your family’s transition into a new routine when you go back to work
A drive to unionize Minnesota home day care workers will be allowed to continue while opponents appeal. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis refused Tuesday to grant opponents an injunction pending appeal.
We love them to death, but any parent knows, it’s expensive to raise a child. New numbers from the USDA estimate the cost to raise a boy or girl born in 2012 is $241,080 – up 2.6 percent from two years ago.
The Minnesota Senate approved a Democratic-sponsored bill Wednesday to let unions try to organize daycare providers and personal care workers, after a 17-hour debate that stretched through the night thanks to forceful opposition from Republicans.
Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill Monday calling for a union election. It would give Minnesota child care providers a chance to vote on whether to form a union.
The Guthrie Theater will offer discounted adult tickets and on-site child care during select Saturday matinees this season.