Solutions for Day Care Challenges on Range

Updated: 01/29/2014 11:21 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 4:45 PM

The study done in 2013 for the United Way showed that parents on the Iron Range sometimes find it hard or very hard to find high quality day care for their children.

"After the study, we were asked, what's next?" said Erin Shay, from the United Way of NE Minnesota. 

That's when the Greater Than Minnesota project contacted them about helping them form solutions. 

The project is made up of foundations and another non-profit called First Children's Finance. Their goal is to help ensure Minnesota's child care businesses have the support they need to meet the demand.

In the Northeast Region, the funding partner is the Northland Foundation.

One of the day cares in the Northland that could benefit is the Chicagami Children's Center in Eveleth, which needs to find a new building before their lease is up in August.

What will happen is community members will help shape the Community Solution Action plan, at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 6pm at Valentini's in Chisholm.

Then there will be a business advisory council which will serve as business mentors to the day cares.

"We also need to find practical, sustainable funding for improvements," Shay explained. "The funding from the Greater Than Minnesota Project is for planning."

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