By Iris Samuels
Anchorage Daily News 

Gov. Dunleavy announces Alaska child care task force but declines to support immediate funding boost


April 13, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he does not support a request to add millions of dollars to the state budget to help child care providers, instead announcing the formation of a task force to examine the issue and provide policy recommendations by the end of the year.

Child care, expensive and in short supply in Alaska, has benefited from more than $50 million in federal pandemic aid paid as grants to providers since 2020. With the end of federal funding, child care advocates have asked legislators to add $15 million to the state budget to boost provider wages, which they say average around $13 per...

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