Minnesota's two U-S Senators, and two Senators from Arkansas, Tuesday introduced a bill that seeks to improve child abuse programs and enhance child protection nationwide.
The four Senators, including Amy Klobachar and Al Frankin, introduced the National Child Protection Training Act they say will build on the success of the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University and a second facility in Bentonville, Arkansas.
According to Klobachar, the bill would direct the Attorney General to coordinate with the Winona center to operate at least four regional training centers nationwide. It would require these centers to develop undergraduate and graduate curricula on child maltreatment, plus develop laboratory training facilities for students and professionals at the regional sites.
The center at Winona State, founded in 2003, has been renamed the Gundersen National Child Protection Center, reflecting a recent collaboration with Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse.