Minnesota Reps. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, invite parents and child care providers to attend a listening session Feb. 9 at the Central Lakes College cafeteria to discuss the challenges of accessing child care in greater Minnesota.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, chairs the newly created Select Committee on Affordable Childcare and will be at the meeting along with members of the select committee.

"According to the Department of Health, Minnesota has lost over 3,000 providers in the last decade," Heintzeman said in a release. "That's why ensuring that rural Minnesotans have access to affordable, quality child care is among my top priorities. I encourage parents and providers to attend this meeting to share their experiences with committee members."

Lueck added the session was an opportunity for providers of any size to provide input.

"Child care, especially for the youngest of children, is of critical importance and we need to make sure we are doing the right things to help providers meet the needs of our families," Lueck said.