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MN Lawmakers Propose New State Agency

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With added focus on early childhood development, some Minnesota lawmakers think issues involved with that stage of life deserve its own state agency. 

A bill set for introduction Monday would create the Minnesota Department of Early Care and Education. It would shift duties from three existing departments as a way to coordinate services better. 

One goal is to increase the state's ability of make sure preschool children are ready once they hit elementary school.

The department would handle programs now spread across the Departments of Health, Human Services and Education.

If approved, Minnesota's new agency would open later this year.

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