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.
A Moorhead woman is accused of being drunk while caring for children at a day care she operates in her home. Fifty-four-year-old Jayne Cote is charged with four gross misdemeanor counts of neglect or endangerment of a child. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says when police performed a welfare check at the day care on Oct. 2, Cote’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. That’s more than twice Minnesota’s legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.
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.
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.
A federal judge has refused to halt a drive to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators.
The fate of a possible election that could unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators rests with federal Judge Michael Davis, who said at a hearing Thursday that he would rule quickly on whether to halt the drive.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration has responded to a federal lawsuit seeking to block unionization of certain in-home day providers with a court filing saying opponents lack standing to sue. New filings came Monday in one of two federal cases aiming to undo a new law paving the way for a union election. The administration wants both lawsuits dismissed and will argue for that in a July 18 court hearing.
A Pine County day care provider faces charges after a 22-month-old girl in her care walked away last week and onto a nearby highway. The little girl wasn’t hurt, but the day care provider told police she had been drinking vodka and taking cough syrup the afternoon the incident occurred, court documents say.
Pine County authorities say a 12-year-old Good Samaritan discovered and helped a 1-year-old girl walking in the traffic lane of State Highway 23 on Wednesday in Sandstone, Minn.
A contentious fight over union organizing among certain home-based child care and home health care workers is headed back to court. Opponents say they will challenge a law signed just days ago.
It’s lunchtime at Cyndi Cunningham’s in home day care where for the past 15 years she’s operated her non-union business, caring for the children of working parents.
A 45-year-old home day care provider has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 3-month-old boy who was in her care, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill that allows a union drive among home day care providers and personal care attendants after about 10 hours of debate strung out over more than two days.
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.
Some child care providers are opposing a bill that would allow those providers who receive state subsidies to vote to become unionized. GOP Senator Carla Nelson said it will hurt a lot of people.