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Changes to MFIP, childcare

Published (5/13/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Policy and technical changes to child care funding and the Minnesota Family Investment Program make up the bulk of a new law.

MFIP is a Department of Human Services program that provides food and cash assistance to working families. Under the new law, qualifying households with four to 10 members will see a slight increase in their food benefits. The law also modifies requirements for people with newborns and eligibility criteria for hardship extensions, among other changes.

Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 10, the law takes effect July. 1, 2010.

Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Mpls) and Rep. Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Mpls), the law also has implications for child care and child welfare. It modifies rules for administering child care grants and removes a requirement that child care resource and referral programs provide loans for childhood development, education and training. It also includes language extending foster care benefits to age 21, which is part of a law (HF3039/ SF2690*/CH269) signed April 22 by the governor.

HF3088/ SF2855*/CH301

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