March 19, 2017 11:09 PM
Some type of child care arrangements are used by 600,000 families in Minnesota.
In some part of the state, there are three times as many children as daycares, including outside the seven-county metro area. The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports from 2005-2015, the number of licensed in-home providers dropped 27 percent.
Jim Koppel works for DHS and said more daycare providers have been leaving the business than joining it because of “retirements, long hours, low pay and regulation.”
Balaton is a small town three hours southwest of the Twin Cities. It’s a farming community hit hard by the lack of options according to Erin Hall. The mother of three works full-time and said, “There’s not enough to go around. None of my kids have gone to the same daycare.”