The Task Force held its first meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 and met three other times throughout the fall of 2016. The Task Force sunset on January 15, 2017.
In the executive summary of the Task Force's final report, they advised legislators, the Department of Human Services, and Minnesota counties to:
1. Develop consistency and uniformity in regulatory enforcement; improve relationships and communication between the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), county licensors, and child care providers; and improve fairness in compliance measures.
2. Ensure training is accessible, relevant, and affordable; and broaden and deepen the trainer pool.
3. Reform and invest in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
4. Determine ways to address costs for middle income families, whether through targeted funding, tax policy, or community/business investments in child care.
5. Consider the creation of an independent board for child care providers.
6. Encourage more people to enter and stay in the child care provider workforce.
7. Consider ways to address emergency child care assistance for families fleeing abuse.