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Cost of child care exceeds college tuition in Minn.

A new national report shows it costs more to place an infant in a Minnesota day care center than a year of state college tuition, the Star Tribune reports. The advocacy group Child Aware of America names Minnesota the nation's second costliest state for center-based day care. The newspaper writes one year of infant care in a center cost $13,579 in Minnesota, while one year for a preschooler cost $10,470. In 17 states, a year of infant care cost less than $8,000.

Day care provider faces manslaughter charges over baby's death

An Eagan woman faces criminal charges, including two counts of manslaughter, over last summer's death of a three-month-old who was in her care. Authorities say the baby was put down for a nap and died of asphyxiation. The provider was licensed to care for 12 children but had 20 in her home at the time.

Witnesses say day care operator was walking children on leashes

Witnesses say they saw a man who helps operate an at-home day care service walking two young children on leashes and pushing kids to the ground, according St. Cloud police. He was arrested and could be charged with malicious punishment of a child, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Foes of day care union take fight to federal court

Those who disagree with a move to unionize the state's child care workers will ask a federal judge to rule on Gov. Dayton's executive order authorizing a union vote. Opponents say Dayton's order may violate their First Amendment

Dayton will challenge judge's order blocking day care union vote

The challenge comes after the attorney general's office laid out three options for the governor after a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking a union election. Politics in Minnesota says none of the options would get the election back on track any time soon.

Judge blocks child care union vote

A Ramsey County judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order to stop the election, which Gov. Dayton authorized last month. The judge said supporters of a union vote should draft a bill and have the Legislature decide the issue.

Some day care providers worry union would take away their voice

One child care provider who has joined a lawsuit to block a vote to unionize tells Forum Communications' reporter Don Davis that she worries a union would take over all negotiations with state officials, leaving her with no voice of her own. But union supporters say the move to stop the vote is just a ploy by "cheap-labor conservatives" and that unionization would provide better pay and benefits for workers in the industry.

Group of day care providers sues to block union vote

A group of child care providers opposed to an effort to unionize the business are suing. They claim Gov. Dayton overstepped his authority in signing an executive order authorizing child-care workers to vote on whether to form a union.