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File #: RES 22-1183    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 7/27/2022
Title: Committing to strengthening families, education, and the workforce through the exploration of early care and education accessibility for all Saint Paul families via an advisory committee.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker, Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Jane L. Prince, Dai Thao, Nelsie Yang
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Committing to strengthening families, education, and the workforce through the exploration of early care and education accessibility for all Saint Paul families via an advisory committee.

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WHEREAS, Saint Paul families with young children face an inequitable and often unsolvable crisis in finding quality and affordable early care and education programs; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota is the fourth-most expensive state for child care, putting a strain on Saint Paul families and sometimes forcing parents out of the workforce; and

WHEREAS, research has shown that equitable and accessible early care and education programs are critical to addressing racial inequities and providing greater short- and long-term economic opportunity for communities of color; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 3 of Saint Paul’s 3 and 4-year-olds lives below the Federal Poverty Line; and

WHEREAS, early care and education encourages early brain development, eliminates opportunity and educational inequities, and decreases the poverty rate by making it possible for parents to participate in the workforce; and

WHEREAS, children who do not receive the critical early care and education they need to show up ready for kindergarten continue to struggle academically throughout their educational careers, exacerbating Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation educational opportunity gap; and

WHEREAS, without options for care, many Saint Paul parents are forced to make hard decisions about work, whether it's leaving the workforce or being unable to build long-term careers; and

WHEREAS, our education systems have been historically underfunded by state and federal governments and a lack of readiness for kindergarten is a major contributor to the fact that St. Paul Public Schools spent $42 million more than it received in 2018 to fund special education programs; and

WHEREAS, American businesses lose an estimated $12.7 billion annually because of their employees' child care challenges and nationally, the cost of lost ea...

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