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Minnesota has some of the most expensive center-based child care in the nation, and providers often blame the heavy state regulations for the added costs. Which is why it is odd to see Minnesota ranked lowly on a new report on state child care preparedness for disasters.
Minnesota missed on two of the four grading criteria created by the Save the Children advocacy group in its report released Friday. One of the state's flaws, according to the organization, is a lack of a state requirement that child care facilities have plans in place to respond to multiple disaster situations. (It's certainly possible that child care facilities have created disaster plans on their own. The report is only based on whether states have requirements in place.)
The state also lacked planning on how child care facilities should handle children with disabilities and special needs in emergencies. Minnesota did pass muster, though, for requiring disaster plans in schools and requiring child-care facilities to plan in advance with parents on how they would pick up their children in emergency situations.
Top-performing states in the report tended to be those that learned lessons the hard way. Louisiana was highlighted in the report for achieving all four of the organization's criteria for disaster preparedness.