2021 POLICY AGENDA
The Start Early Funders Coalition’s will lead the 2021 legislative session with a racial equity lens on all public policy we endorse – we
prioritize policies that will benefit low-income children and families as well as Black, Indigenous and children of color and their families;
and the programs that serve them.
PROVIDER PIPELINE AND WORKFORCE:
Support policies that improve recruiting and retaining providers through improved compensation, benefits, and professional
development resources. During COVID-19, additional strategies including essential worker pay/hazard pay are additional short-term
solutions to support compensation practices. (Aligned with MN ECE Transforming the Workforce)
Increase support and resources for Family, Friend and Neighbor Care (FFN) through professional development opportunities and
access to other supports including COVID-19 related resources and technology needs. (Aligned with P3 Coalition)
COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION:
Provide consistent and dedicated funds to support a robust early childhood system that gives children and families access to a
continuum of high-quality early care and education programs. A broad range of program types supported with prioritized state and
federal funding is required to support the ECE business model and for our state’s economic recovery. We must maintain and continue
to grow investments in critical early childhood programs based on ongoing community feedback and guidance:
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCAP)
Support provisions of federal reauthorization for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program to serve more eligible families and
their children. Get into federal conformity again (beyond the minimum of 30%); aim for the 70th percentile.
EARLY LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS
Maintain investments and increase flexibility for early learning scholarships that meet the needs of children from low-income
households from the ages birth to five years old, prioritizing those with the highest needs.
Continue to fully fund Parent Aware throughout Minnesota with a priority on strengthening the incorporation and recognition of
culturally relevant teaching and trauma-informed care.
Increase flexibility and access to targeted home visiting programs and increase flexibility in the types of home visiting
programs eligible to apply for funding to ensure culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse programs are available to
meet complex needs of families. (Aligned with Targeted Home Visiting Coalition)
COMMUNITY WELLNESS & MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS:
Support the mental wellbeing of children, families and early care and education providers throughout the pandemic, and as our state
recovers. Increase resources and improve access to community advised, culturally responsive, trauma-informed care beginning
prenatally through early childhood to improve health, early learning and other outcomes. (Aligned with P3 Coalition)