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Walz signs into law children’s summer aid package

(The Center Square) – Minnesota families with children should see an increase in food funding over the summer after Gov. Tim Walz recently signed a new bill into law.

The bill also frows the number of seats available statewide for public enrollment in pre-K, establishes a Child Protection Advisory Council and increases grants for child care.

The democrat-sponsored Chapter 115, House File 5237 funds the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer program, which allocates an additional $40 per month, per child when not in school, to account for not receiving free or reduced lunches.

The bill also increases preschool seats to 12,360 by 2025 and invests $37 million in literacy training programs.

“From summer school meals and literacy programs, to child care and pre-K, I was proud to sign a package that will strengthen resources for children and families across the state,” Walz said. “By investing in key programs, this legislation takes us another step closer to making Minnesota the best state for kids.”

The package also expands access to food pantries, appropriates funding to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The funding will be used to establish the Child Protection Advisory Council, which will be used to fight youth homelessness and review the foster care system.

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