Kids, parents, business owners rally for early education opportunities for all

March 25, 2019 07:52 PM

Dozens of kids rallied in the Rotunda at the State Capitol Monday as part of a push meant to ensure every child in the state has access to an affordable early education.

Parents and business owners joined in, urging lawmakers to devote more resources to providing quality early education opportunities for all.


The number of family child care programs in Minnesota has declined significantly in recent years.

"Good quality childcare is super-crucial," said Jason Rathe of Field Landscaping of the role childcare plays in retaining quality employees. "And for so many people, it takes up a huge amount of their day just thinking about how they're going to make it work. 

That makes it very difficult for them to then succeed in their careers."

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