Early childhood education and childcare advocates launched a campaign to create universal access to what they are calling a “sustainable system” of child care and early learning opportunities. Kimberly Antonsen is an elementary educator from Ogema who says their starting point in the campaign is creating a cost threshold everyone can afford.

“Costs shouldn’t be a barrier for families, Minnesota needs to provide funding so all children, no matter where they live, the metro or greater Minnesota, receive the care and early learning opportunities they have a right to.”

The advocacy group is also made up of child care workers and community leaders. The group says they plan to work at the legislature to secure additional funding for their program goals.