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Minnesota Celebrates Wins for Young Children and their Families

Minnesota legislators used the 2023 session to make sweeping changes for children and families in the state. Here are just a few of the wins that will impact families with infants and toddlers:
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  • Paid Family and Medical LeaveHF 02 will provide 12 weeks of paid leave through a 0.7% payroll tax paid by both the employer and employee. The weekly partial wage replacement will be based on income level and average earnings of a typical work week.
  • Increase in child care fundingHF 2292 expands subsidy funding and includes a permanent reprioritization of children ages 0-3 whose families make below 55,000 dollars annually. In total, the bill adds 750 million dollars of new money in child care and early learning programs, adding 1,000 new child care and early learning slots and increasing reimbursement rates and retention packages for child care providers, while decreasing co-payments for families. Another bill, SF 2995, establishes and provides ongoing funding for Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care grants.
  • Support of key health equity services – SF 2995 also includes Medicaid continuous coverage for children up to 72 months, an increase in Medicaid reimbursements for doulas, and a 4 million dollar increase in home visiting funding.
  • Child Tax Credit – HF 1938 establishes a statewide Child Tax Credit of 1,725 dollars per dependent.

Collectively, these and many other key wins will help set Minnesota families on track for success and access key supports and programs for their children. To learn more about these wins, visit Minnesota’s Prenatal to Three Coalition summary.


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