Parents and child care providers are expressing relief at a judge’s ruling Wednesday to restore funding for child care assistance programs in Minnesota.
The programs lost funding when the state government shut down July 1. That left thousands of families without the subsidies that helped them pay for child care. And it left providers scrambling to cope with a loss of revenue.
Child care assistance is funded by a mixture of federal and state funding. A June 29 ruling by Kathleen Gearin preserved one funding source, but the Department of Human Services said it was impossible to separate it out from the others.
Judge Gearin’s ruling Wednesday ordered all three child care assistance programs should receive funding.