WHAT: Child Care Aware® of America recently published its annual cost of care report, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care. While the report is a vital resource for understanding the child care landscape across the United States, it’s important to provide additional context about the statistics presented – specifically in Minnesota.
WHO: Ann McCully, executive director at Child Care Aware of Minnesota, is available for comment on the impact in Minnesota.
WHEN: Report released on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
- The high cost of child care is a matter of public concern because it limits the accessibility to safe and quality care for Minnesota children.
- The national report emphasizes the cost for child care centers, which skews the rankings for Minnesota, and does not highlight the uniquely high percentage of licensed family child care (85 percent) that makes up our state’s child care landscape.
- Despite the high cost of child care, providers are struggling to make a living wage.
- It is important for Minnesota to maintain its high standards for child care, including quality measures and professional development.