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Child Care Providers Hold Annual Conference

Updated: 02/22/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 10:10 PM WDIO.com

Child care providers from all over the Northland gathered in Duluth on Saturday.

The Northland Foundation has put on the Child Care Providers Appreciation and Training Seminar for seven years. More than 300 people showed up from northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, despite the snowy weather.

Northland Foundation Vice President Lynn Haglin said the high attendance shows the dedication of child care workers in the Northland.

"They work 12-hour days, many starting at 6:00 in the morning, ending at 6:00 at night or even longer," Haglin said. "But they have taken their Saturday to come together to learn more about what they can be doing to support our youngest children and give them that great start in life."

The seminar aimed to get child care providers to start using a quality rating system called "Parent Aware." This would give every provider the chance to earn a rating from one to five stars.

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