Dear Health and Human Services Conference Committee Members:
The MinneMinds Coalition would like to thank members of the House and Senate for advocating for Minnesota’s youngest and most vulnerable children. We also thank Chairs Dean and Benson for their tireless and thoughtful leadership on behalf of children. We know this work has been especially challenging with this year’s budget targets.
We would like to highlight items that we strongly support from the House and Senate Omnibus bills:
● We urge the committee to increase access to targeted home visiting. These programs provide community-led solutions that stabilize two generations of Minnesotans. Voluntary targeted home visiting empowers at-risk parents with parenting and family support tools to become self-sustaining, healthy families.
● The House has taken the first step in providing additional funding for the Child Care Assistance (CCAP) Program. Please support the House position and build on it by funding CCAP program improvements that will allow families to access and maintain affordable, stable child care, and conform to federal requirements.
We thank you again for your commitment to our youngest and most vulnerable children and for working to eliminate Minnesota’s unacceptable opportunity gap. We hope you can find ways to incorporate our concerns so that thousands of Minnesota’s children can have access to quality year-round, all-day early childhood care and education.
Chair, MinneMinds Coalition
Senior Vice President, Greater Twin Cities United Way