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Local Lawmakers Discuss Childcare Shortage Across the Region.

October 29, 2018 10:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Family Child Care incorporated hosted a political forum Monday night that was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester.

It was a pretty unique forum because it was focused specifically on the need for child care in Minnesota.

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Eight candidates who are running for a seat in the House of Representatives met to explain how they plan to make child care more affordable and convenient for families.

Some candidates say getting employers involved, offering scholarships, and reviewing provider restrictions are great places to start.

Mother Jessica Tukua says she became a child care provider because of the shortage and explained the system needs to be simplified.

“From the provider standpoint, easing the rules and regulations as well as finding ways to ease the administrative burden without risking the high standards of the health and safety and rights of the children. Parents have had to drastically alter their schedule to eliminate childcare but that severely limits their own family time and that takes a toll on them." Tukua said.

Our Betsey Singer was the moderator of Monday’s event and she spoke with several providers and families in our live show at 6:30 P.M. To watch the segment click here.

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