Nix DHS changes
Thank you to the 46 people that attended the community informational meeting regarding the Infant Mortality Report and recommendations. Also thank you to John Ward for his attendance and legislative insight.
If the recommendations pass as written, there will be devastating results. Providers will not be able to provide care for infants and toddlers as we currently do. The scenario I gave Minnesota Department Human Services (DHS) was one infant, one toddler and four preschoolers. The answer was, under the proposed recommendations, I would need another adult caregiver when the infants and toddlers are present and the total children in care could only be six.
That is not an affordable option. When I began child care 18 years ago, Crow Wing County had 213 licensed family child care providers, we now have about 146.
If these recommendations pass, there will be fewer providers and child care for infants and toddlers will be very difficult for parents to access.
Commissioner Jesson of DHS and legislators need to hear from the public that these recommendations are not acceptable.