Smith says budget bill could help boost day cares |

Smith says budget bill could help boost day cares

Updated: October 11, 2021 06:15 PM
Created: October 11, 2021 03:22 PM

Day care providers love kids. But they don't love the challenges of regulations without resources to support them.

There is a lack of enough day care in the region. And there's a variety of reasons for that, according to the providers.

Regulations without subsidy and lack of staff are two of the main reasons.

But Senator Tina Smith said there is financial help on the way in the budget bill. 

"With the Build Back Better plan, there's long term support. It provides a subsidy for children to go to child care, and infuses more resources in the system. Those incredible family providers will have additional resources and be able to pay their staff more and improve their facilities. There's a provision that says no family pays more than 7% of their income to child care," she told a roundtable of providers and other stakeholders in Duluth on Monday.

Providers like April Westman, who runs Aunty's Child Care, said, "We would expand if we had the capital. We need more capital to start these expansion projects," she said.

Smith said they hope to have the bill passed within a few weeks.

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