Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Focus Area: Advocacy in Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in Minneapolis, serves statewide. Founded in 1971, JRLC is a statewide faith-based advocacy coalition fiscal-agented by the Minnesota Council of Churches and governed by MCC, the Jewish Community Relations, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. It mobilizes religious communities to influence public policy for social justice in Minnesota.

Grant supports advocacy work for increased funding of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), a critical element of which is to increase the provider rate, as the low rates of reimbursement per child have led to unsustainable business models for child care centers and family child care programs that accept low-income children.