Forum News Service: Lawmakers seek solutions in child care shortage

EXCERPT: “Minnesota lawmakers weighed some of the first proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of child care providers in Minnesota’s rural areas Wednesday, Feb. 13. Lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Family Care and Aging advanced two bills that would set aside up $10 million in grants to help child care providers in Greater Minnesota expand and clarify training requirements for providers. And they heard testimony about other efforts to reduce some of the regulatory burdens forcing child care providers to shutter. The hearing comes as the state grapples with a child care shortage that has made it tougher for some businesses to recruit workers to rural Minnesota.” FULLSTORY: