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Access to High Quality Early Care and Education in Minnesota

Brain science has demonstrated the importance of early childhood experiences in promoting healthy development of a child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills. Thus it is critically important for families to have access to affordable, high quality early care and education for their young children. The objectives of this project are to (1) develop new measures of families’ access to high quality care incorporating both the price of care and distance traveled; (2) use these measures to assess the variation in access by location and over time for different types of families; and (3) develop policy recommendations to increase the affordability and accessibility of high quality early care and education for Minnesota families and children. The findings will help inform state policymakers as they develop and implement strategies to increase the supply and improve the quality of child care services for children in Minnesota. Researcher: Elizabeth Davis (Department of Applied Economics)

Project Award Date: 
2016-04-15
Community organization or agency: 
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737