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July 2017

Child Care in Minnesota

Access to child care is of the utmost importance to many Minnesota families. Yet available child care openings have fallen during the past decade, a concern to parents, employers, and policymakers. To better understand the current child care climate in Minnesota, several recent evaluations have been undertaken. The Center for Rural Policy and Development focused on child care in Greater Minnesota and the title of its 2016 report tells the story: A Quiet Crisis: Minnesota’s Child Care Shortage. The 2017 report of the Minnesota Legislative Task Force on Affordable Child Care offers policy recommendations and provides the following data:

As of January 1, 2017, Minnesota has 8,896 licensed family child care providers with a capacity to serve 104,187 children and 1,711 licensed child care centers with a capacity to serve 123,605 children. With a total population of 5.46 million, Minnesota has 346,825 children age birth to four years. Between 2005 and 2014, the state lost over 3,000 (nearly 30%) of family child care providers. Estimates show the loss of providers translated to a loss of about 36,500 child care spaces.                                  

Recognizing the economic aspects of child care, the 2016 Minnesota Legislature directed the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to create an “easy-to-understand manual to instruct aspiring business owners in how to start a child care business”. The recently-published guide is titled, First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business.

But access is just part of the child care equation; it must also be of high quality. An initiative of the State of Minnesota called Parent Aware provides a tool for parents to find local day care – and to evaluate and compare child care providers, facilities, and programs. Another part of the equation is affordability. The Minnesota Department of Human Services, which licenses family child care providers and day care centers, offers a Child Care Assistance Program that helps eligible parents with the cost of child care.

Minnesota is not alone as it works to improve its child care options. Checking In: A Snapshot of the Child Care Landscape – 2017 State Fact Sheets, a report from Child Care Aware, provides data on capacity, enrollment, quality, and costs in the 50 states. While each state has its own unique child care landscape, lessons are continuously learned from the experiences and policies of other states. In the end, the goal is the same -- to provide the best care options for the youngest citizens of the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                               

New & Notable Books and Reports

Many of the items listed below are available electronically. If so, we have provided a link to the document. However, some of the documents may be very long. You can request to borrow our print copy of any of the items by selecting the check-box and clicking on the "Request Items" button.

Biotechnology

Update on the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics and an Overview of Partnership Expenditures. University of Minnesota; Mayo Foundation. June 28, 2017. TP248.19.M6 M56 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0756.
Mandated by: 2015 Minn. Laws Chap. 69 Art. 1 Sec. 5 Subd. 4(e)http://government-relations.umn.edu/sites/government-relations.umn.edu/files/2015umayopartnership.pdf

Bonds/Bonding

Preliminary 2018 - 2022 Minnesota Capital Budget Requests. Minn. Management & Budget. July 2017. Ref HJ11 .M6425d 2018. Minn. Publication 17-0759.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16A.11 Subd. 1https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/current/
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Business

First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business. Minn. Dept. of Economic Development. 2017. HQ778.65.M6 F57 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0754.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 7 Sec. 2 Subd. 2(g)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170754.pdf

Hall, Donald M. Generation of Wealth: The rise of Control Data and how it inspired an era of innovation and investment in the Upper Midwest. Nodin Press. 2014. HD9696.2.U64 C66 2014.

Children/Youth/Families

First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business. Minn. Dept. of Economic Development. 2017. HQ778.65.M6 F57 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0754.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 7 Sec. 2 Subd. 2(g)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170754.pdf

Homeless Children Served by Part C Infant and Toddler Intervention. Minn. Dept. of Education. June 2017. HV4506.M6 R47 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0753.
Mandated by: 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 116 Art. 5 Sec. 30 (Minn. Stat. 125A.125)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170753.pdf

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Child Care Assistance (Updated). House Research. June 2017. HN79.M6 S56 2017.

Education-Higher

State Higher Education Finance. State Higher Education Executive Officers. 2017. Ref LB2342 .S75 2016.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Elections

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board Annual Report. Minn. Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. June 14, 2017. JK1991.5.M6 M55a 2015/2016. Minn. Publication 17-0757.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 10A.02 Subd. 8 (a)https://cfb.mn.gov/pdf/publications/reports/annual_reports/2016_annual_report.pdf?t=1500390347

Energy Issues

Minnesota Clean Energy: Economic Impacts & Policy Drivers: How State and Federal Policies are Converging to Drive Clean Energy Investment in Minnesota. Energy Transition Lab. November 2016. HD9502.5.C543 U68 2016.

Public Power Directory and Statistical Report: Supplement to Public Power Magazine. American Public Power Association. 2017. Ref HD9685.U4 A746 2017/2018.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Environment/Natural Resources

Cold Spring Groundwater Study. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. July 13, 2017. TD224.M6 C65 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0758.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 3 Sec. 44http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170758.pdf

Environmental Permitting: MPCA's Annual Permitting Efficiency Report. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. August 1, 2017. TD194.66.M6 M56 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0787.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws Chap. 4 Sec. 3 (Minn. Stat. 116.03 Subd. 2b)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170787.pdf

Minnesota Drinking Water: Annual Report for 2016. Minn. Dept. of Health. June 2017. RA592.M6 S86 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0784.

Genetics/Genetic Research

Update on the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics and an Overview of Partnership Expenditures. University of Minnesota; Mayo Foundation. June 28, 2017. TP248.19.M6 M56 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0756.
Mandated by: 2015 Minn. Laws Chap. 69 Art. 1 Sec. 5 Subd. 4(e)http://government-relations.umn.edu/sites/government-relations.umn.edu/files/2015umayopartnership.pdf

Governing/Government-Local

Directory of Minnesota Township Officers. Minn. Association of Townships. July 10, 2017. Ref JS451.M63 M62x 2017/2018.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Government Finance

Preliminary 2018 - 2022 Minnesota Capital Budget Requests. Minn. Management & Budget. July 2017. Ref HJ11 .M6425d 2018. Minn. Publication 17-0759.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16A.11 Subd. 1https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/current/
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Health Care

Baumgarten, Allan. Minnesota Health Market Review. Allan Baumgarten. June 2017. RA413 .M56 2017 pt. 1.

Historic Preservation

Economic Impact of Projects Leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. Minn. Historical Society. May 2017. NA111 .E26 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0790.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 216 Sec. 11 Subd. 9 (Minn. Stat. 290.0681 Subd. 9)http://www.mnhs.org/shpo/grants/docs_pdfs/Economic_Impact-Historic_Tax_Credit_2016.pdf

Labor & Employment Issues

Recommendations of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council.. Minn. Workers' Compensation Advisory Council. 2017. HD7103.65.U62 M57 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0791.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 175.007 Subd. 2http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2016/mandated/160628.pdf

Minnesota History

Moen, Sharon M. With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future. Minn. Sea Grant. 2015. Q143.S725 M64 2015.

Parks & Recreation

Mississippi River Parkway Commission Annual Report. Mississippi River Parkway Commission. July 2017. HE356.G7 M56x 2016/2017. Minn. Publication 17-0788.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 161.1419http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170788.pdf

Poverty

Homeless Children Served by Part C Infant and Toddler Intervention. Minn. Dept. of Education. June 2017. HV4506.M6 R47 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0753.
Mandated by: 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 116 Art. 5 Sec. 30 (Minn. Stat. 125A.125)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170753.pdf

Public Utilities

Public Power Directory and Statistical Report: Supplement to Public Power Magazine. American Public Power Association. 2017. Ref HD9685.U4 A746 2017/2018.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Sports Teams/Stadiums

Comparison of Selected Governance and Operations Issues at Minnesota Sports Facilities. Office of the Legislative Auditor. July 26, 2017. GV430.M6 C66 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0786.

State By State Comparisons

State Higher Education Finance. State Higher Education Executive Officers. 2017. Ref LB2342 .S75 2016.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Taxation

Terri Steenblock. Quarterly Report on the Status of the Collection Agency Program. Minn. Dept. of Revenue.  HJ2415 .Q37 2017 Apr/June. Minn. Publication 17-0719.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws Chap. 151 Art. 1 Sec. 18 (Minn. Stat. 270C.16 Subd. 1)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170719.pdf

Transportation

Transportation System Performance Evaluation. Metropolitan Council.  HE310.T9 M48 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0760.
Mandated by: 1996 Minn. Laws Chap. 464 Art. 2 Sec. 2 (Minn. Stat. 473.1466)https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Publications-And-Resources/Transportation-Planning/MISCELLANEOUS-DOCUMENTS/Transportation-System-Performance-Evaluation.aspx

Urban Issues

DeFilippis, James. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama. University of Minnesota Press. 2016. HT123 .U74657 2016.

New Periodicals

Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice. Annual
A student-run and student-edited law journal with topics relating to legal practice, legal issues faced by the public, and legal policy solutions.

Mandated Reports

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board Annual Report. Minn. Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. June 14, 2017. JK1991.5.M6 M55a 2015/2016. Minn. Publication 17-0757.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 10A.02 Subd. 8 (a)https://cfb.mn.gov/pdf/publications/reports/annual_reports/2016_annual_report.pdf?t=1500390347

Cold Spring Groundwater Study. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. July 13, 2017. TD224.M6 C65 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0758.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 3 Sec. 44http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170758.pdf

Economic Impact of Projects Leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. Minn. Historical Society. May 2017. NA111 .E26 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0790.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 216 Sec. 11 Subd. 9 (Minn. Stat. 290.0681 Subd. 9)http://www.mnhs.org/shpo/grants/docs_pdfs/Economic_Impact-Historic_Tax_Credit_2016.pdf

Environmental Permitting: MPCA's Annual Permitting Efficiency Report. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. August 1, 2017. TD194.66.M6 M56 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0787.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws Chap. 4 Sec. 3 (Minn. Stat. 116.03 Subd. 2b)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170787.pdf

First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business. Minn. Dept. of Economic Development. 2017. HQ778.65.M6 F57 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0754.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 7 Sec. 2 Subd. 2(g)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170754.pdf

Homeless Children Served by Part C Infant and Toddler Intervention. Minn. Dept. of Education. June 2017. HV4506.M6 R47 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0753.
Mandated by: 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 116 Art. 5 Sec. 30 (Minn. Stat. 125A.125)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170753.pdf

Mississippi River Parkway Commission Annual Report. Mississippi River Parkway Commission. July 2017. HE356.G7 M56x 2016/2017. Minn. Publication 17-0788.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 161.1419http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170788.pdf

Preliminary 2018 - 2022 Minnesota Capital Budget Requests. Minn. Management & Budget. July 2017. Ref HJ11 .M6425d 2018. Minn. Publication 17-0759.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16A.11 Subd. 1https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/current/
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Terri Steenblock. Quarterly Report on the Status of the Collection Agency Program. Minn. Dept. of Revenue.  HJ2415 .Q37 2017 Apr/June. Minn. Publication 17-0719.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws Chap. 151 Art. 1 Sec. 18 (Minn. Stat. 270C.16 Subd. 1)http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2017/mandated/170719.pdf

Recommendations of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council.. Minn. Workers' Compensation Advisory Council. 2017. HD7103.65.U62 M57 2017. Minn. Publication 17-0791.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 175.007 Subd. 2http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2016/mandated/160628.pdf

Transportation System Performance Evaluation. Metropolitan Council.  HE310.T9 M48 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0760.
Mandated by: 1996 Minn. Laws Chap. 464 Art. 2 Sec. 2 (Minn. Stat. 473.1466)https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Publications-And-Resources/Transportation-Planning/MISCELLANEOUS-DOCUMENTS/Transportation-System-Performance-Evaluation.aspx

Update on the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics and an Overview of Partnership Expenditures. University of Minnesota; Mayo Foundation. June 28, 2017. TP248.19.M6 M56 2016. Minn. Publication 17-0756.
Mandated by: 2015 Minn. Laws Chap. 69 Art. 1 Sec. 5 Subd. 4(e)http://government-relations.umn.edu/sites/government-relations.umn.edu/files/2015umayopartnership.pdf