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Legislative Special Session

Thursday, June 11, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Minnesota legislators will convene on Friday, June 12 for a special session to provide lawmakers the opportunity to end the Governor’s Peacetime Emergency order, which has been extended for another 30 days. Both chambers need to vote to end the emergency for it to end. However, they also have a myriad of issues to work on, left from the regular session; CCAP reimbursement rates, police reform, a bonding bill, pandemic relief, and more.

We continue to urge lawmakers to spend federal funding currently left unspent in the Child Care Development Block Grant. You can read a letter to the editor that we signed onto with a number of other organizations here.

Also, the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee held an informational hearing this morning about increasing Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) reimbursement rates. You can watch the recording here.

Round 3 of Peacetime Emergency Grants

Applications for round 3 of the Peacetime Emergency Grants are now open. They close on Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m. Licensed child care centers and family child care who are open and serving essential workers are eligible to apply.

This round, an additional $10 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be used, doubling the total to approximately $20 million. 

With this additional funding, non-public schools that are certified are also eligible.

These are not first come-first served, so there is no rush to complete the application. Decisions will be announced on Friday, June 19.

Unfortunately, school-based school-age care programs (SAC) are not eligible, and the FAQs (#5) provide some information as to why, saying that SAC programs may be eligible for other federal funding provided to school districts. The MN Department of Education encourages SAC programs to be in touch with their school districts to ensure that any application for funding includes resources for school-age programming. More information about the funding available to schools can be found here.

Vote from Home in 2020 Elections

Voting is a critical advocacy action as a citizen in our democracy. It's the most powerful way to use your voice. 

Allowing for no excuse absentee voting was legislation that passed with bi-partisan support in 2013. All eligible voters can request an absentee ballot for the 2020 elections from the MN Secretary of State. This is for both the August 11 primary and November 3 general elections.

Ballots will be mailed when they are ready, which will be by June 26 for the August 8 primary and by September 18 for the November 3 general election. 

Request your absentee ballot today! 

If you're not registered to vote or need to change your address, you can also register online here

Since not everyone will vote from home and because many of the current pool of judges are in the high-risk category for COVID-19, there is a great need for election judges/poll workers. This is a temporary, paid position, and an excellent opportunity to learn more about elections and give back to your community. Please consider this opportunity and learn more here

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