119B.18 Regional child care resource and referral programs.
Subdivision 1. Establishment. Existing child care resource and referral programs shall become the regional child care resource and referral programs provided they are in compliance with other provisions of this chapter.
Subd. 2. Duties. The regional resource and referral program shall have the duties specified in section 119B.19. In addition, the regional program shall be responsible for establishing new or collaborating with existing community-based committees such as interagency early intervention committees or neighborhood groups to advocate for child care needs in the community as well as serve as important local resources for children and their families.
Subd. 3. Child development education and training loans. The commissioner shall establish a child development education and training loan program to be administered by the regional child care resource and referral programs. The commissioner shall establish application procedures, eligibility criteria, terms, and other conditions necessary to make educational loans under this section. A single applicant may not receive more than $1,500 per year under this program. All or part of the loan may be forgiven if the applicant continues to provide child care services for a period of 12 months following the completion of all courses paid for by the educational loan.
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