ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House has launched a new committee to look into affordable child care.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, announced the formation of the committee Tuesday. It will partner with providers and parents to help find solutions for more affordable child care choices for Minnesota families.

Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, will lead the committee.

“Minnesota has many top-quality childcare providers who offer a safe, quality environment for children to learn, grow and thrive,” Franson said. “However, too many Minnesota families cannot find available or affordable child care in their community.”

Daudt said that Franson's experience as a child care provider made her the ideal person to lead the committee.

“This committee is ready to get to work finding solutions to make child care more affordable and accessible across the state,” he said.

Beginning in February, the committee will tour greater Minnesota to hear from parents and providers about the challenges they face and partner with them to craft innovative solutions.

According to data from the Department of Human Services, Minnesota has lost more than 3,000 child care providers in the last decade.