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Judge rules child care assistance is core function; providers can continue care

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Family child care providers are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief today as Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled the Child Care Assistance Program a core function of state government.

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"Quality child care is an essential service for parents," said Melissa Smith, a SEIU Kids First member and family child care provider in Prior Lake. "This is a great day for the families we serve and for Minnesota's economy."

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