We urge Minnesotans to support investments in these three infrastructure changes to ensure the proper management and operation of a quality, mixed-delivery system of children’s programs. We are advocating to establish an Office of Early Learning, transform the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and modernize program administration through new technology.
Establishing an Office of Early Learning will promote solutions to the overly complex and fragmented collection of programs identified by the Legislative Auditor’s Office in Minnesota Early Childhood Programs. A single Office of Early Learning can align program requirements to reduce bureaucratic complexity for families, providers, and administrative agencies. In addition, it will reduce unnecessary administrative duplication and promote effective data sharing and program evaluation. Improving the overall system will reduce long-term costs and make this year’s program investments sustainable.