In February 2021, the Center for Rural Policy & Development released a groundbreaking report looking at the state of child care in Greater Minnesota. That report examined why it’s harder to make the usual child care model work in rural areas, how COVID restrictions impacted child care across the state, and recommendations to improve our state’s child care system.

Now, nearly three years later, CRPD and the Citizens League are hosting an Interconnected online conversation about ongoing challenges facing child care in Minnesota’s rural and urban settings. We hope you’ll join us for this important discussion.

Interconnected: An Update On Minnesota’s Child Care Challenges
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
12pm – 1pm
Free online discussion!


  • Jessica Beyer, Associate Minnesota Director, First Children’s Finance
  • Tikki Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Marla Fountain, Director, Living Word Childcare Center, Minneapolis
  • Larry Hosch, Office of Inspector General Licensing Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Sherry Tiegs, Sherry Tiegs Family Child Care, Morris
  • Marnie Werner, Vice President of Research & Operations, Center for Rural Policy & Development

Moderator – Kate Raddatz, Park Street PR

Since 2020, the Citizens League has partnered with the Center for Rural Policy and Development to present Interconnected, an event series helping to bridge the divide between urban and rural communities in Minnesota by discussing shared challenges and opportunities, and exploring how to design a future and systems that incorporate the unique needs of communities across the state.

Check out past conversations here.