The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the childcare shortage across the state. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove:

“Even before the pandemic Minnesota of course had major challenges when it came to childcare particularly in Greater Minnesota. We are about 80,000 slots short for childcare in Minnesota and the Governor and Lt. Governor’s goal for their Administration is to drastically increase the number of slots we have in Minnesota for kids.”

Grove says the goal is to increase the number of available childcare slots by 20 percent.   This would equate to 620 new child care family providers and around 140 new child care centers across the state.