Updated: September 22, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: September 22, 2020 02:36 PM
Finding day care can be a challenge in many areas, including Ashland. Hannah Ross and her husband know that first hand. "I was only eight weeks along and started getting on waiting lists," Ross shared with us.
One of those lists was EverGrow Learning Center, which wasn't even open yet. "It's been a three year process, from start to finish, when we had the Governor here," said Mari Kay-Nabozny, the CEO of the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and board member of EverGrow.
"It became obvious there was a dearth of childcare in the region, and if we didn't get that fixed, we wouldn't have the workers going to work, and everyone wants their child in a safe space," Kay-Nabozny said.
So they created one! And it accepts the Shares Subsidy Program, which helps low-income families.
The pandemic threw them for a loop, but are back up to near capacity. Kay-Nabozny said they have 84 kids right now.
A grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation helped them buy classroom supplies and furniture. And they are grateful for the support.
And the Ross family is more than happy with the program. Their daughter, Leonora, was born in January, and has been there since she was four months old. "We are very thankful for them. The staff is great, it's an awesome place," Ross said.
Now the program and the workforce investment board are finalists for a Touchstone Award from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Those awards recognize the best of the best non-profits that encourage inclusivity and civic engagement.
The Touchstone Awards are coming up this fall. Stay tuned for details.
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