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Letter: There are too many waitlists for early childhood care

October 19, 2018 GMT

Access to quality early childhood care and education must be a top priority.

Minnesota has some of the best early childhood care and education programs in the nation. We are also fortunate to have bipartisan support for these programs and have seen investment in them in recent years.

Yet more than 35,000 children in our state still don’t have access to quality early childhood care and education. Waitlists for care, waitlists for assistance, waitlists for transportation are putting our children behind for the future and costing our families and employers today.

I’m proud of the work that we do at Listos Preschool and Childcare, as a four-star Parent Aware-rated facility providing high-quality bilingual early childhood care and education in Rochester. On Oct. 4, Listos hosted state Sen. Carla Nelson, State Rep. Nels Pierson, State Rep. Tina Liebling, and House candidates Jim Grabowska and Paul Wilson to share with them what makes our program effective. And also how by working together we can better serve all children.

The time to come together is now, because our children can’t wait any longer.

Remember to make early childhood a top priority as you vote on Nov. 6!

Christina Valdez, Rochester