Rural Child Care a Growing Problem in Rural Minnesota

Rural Child Care a Growing Problem in Rural Minnesota

By Robert Lawson

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Child care services remain a growing problem for rural communities in the state of Minnesota, according to the Center for Rural Policy and Development. A shortage of qualified professionals to carry out this work is just one problem, the policy analysis group stated at a virtual presentation yesterday from noon to 1:30 p.m. The wages for this type of work has not kept pace with other professions, so child care centers are having trouble recruiting and retaining employees. Also, Minnesota is among the most expensive states in the country for child care. Many Minnesotans spend more than 20 percent of their income on child care alone for just one infant in care, the group noted. 

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