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Letter: Childcare stabilization grants must be made permanent

To raise teacher wages, we need to raise tuition for families, which families cannot afford.

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Letter to the Editor
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Dear Editor,

The height of the pandemic exposed cracks in our childcare system that had long been widening. Childcare providers were asked to step up during the pandemic to provide care for the children of essential workers. The state of Minnesota made it possible for providers to do this through childcare stabilization grants that enabled providers to remain open.

For many industries, the pandemic is "over," but for childcare, all the problems that existed prior to the pandemic have only gotten worse. We are in a staffing crisis as we try to compete with places like McDonald's and Walmart for employees.

To raise teacher wages, we need to raise tuition for families, which families cannot afford. The only way to bridge that gap and pay teachers what they deserve while not charging families more than they can afford is through public funding, which is why we want to see the childcare stabilization grants be made permanent.

I will be voting for candidates in November who will prioritize childcare by making the childcare stabilization grants permanent and working towards a publicly funded childcare system. Help is needed to keep childcare available.

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Pam Duffy
Worthington

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