Brainerd Dispatch: Advocate group banks on legislation, coalitions to bolster declining day cares

EXCERPT: “The current state of Minnesotan day cares is anything but child’s play. And, when child care is one of the top issues facing Minnesota’s labor force, the industry’s decline in recent years could mean rough sledding for the economy if a solution isn’t reached effectively and expediently. As executive director of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, Dan Dorman said he’s looking to rehabilitate the child care industry through forming a coalition of towns, nonprofits and lawmakers, whether that’s on the road or in the pillared halls of the Capitol in St. Paul. It’s a sobering picture, Dorman said, evidenced by a 27 percent drop in providers statewide between 2006 and 2015, all while nearly 74 percent of families with children below the age of 6 have both parents in the workforce.” FULLSTORY: