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SF 4093

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 08:39am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money for sustainable child care
in rural Minnesota.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; MINNESOTA INITIATIVE FOUNDATIONS.
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new text begin (a) $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of employment and economic development for a grant to the Minnesota
Initiative Foundations. This is a onetime appropriation and available until June 30, 2022.
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new text begin (b) The Minnesota Initiative Foundations must use grant funds under this section to:
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new text begin (1) facilitate planning processes for rural communities resulting in a community solution
action plan that guides decision making to sustain and increase the supply of quality child
care in the region to support economic development;
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new text begin (2) engage the private sector to invest local resources to support the community solution
action plan and ensure child care is a vital component of additional regional economic
development planning processes;
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new text begin (3) provide high quality, locally based training and technical assistance to rural child
care business owners. Access to financial and business development assistance must endeavor
to prepare child care businesses for quality engagement and improvement by stabilizing
operations, leveraging funding from other sources, and fostering business acumen; and
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new text begin (4) recruit child care programs to participate in Parent Aware, Minnesota's quality and
improvement rating system, and other high quality measurement programs. The Minnesota
Initiative Foundations must work with local partners to provide low-cost training, professional
development opportunities, and continuing education curricula. The Minnesota Initiative
Foundations must fund, through local partners, an enhanced level of coaching to rural child
care providers to obtain a quality rating through Parent Aware or other high quality
measurement programs.
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