September 21, 2017

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and Roseau County invite the public to a town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Roseau Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this town hall meeting is to inform residents in the area about the challenges that families are facing with childcare disparities and discuss the issues. A free dinner will be provided by Twin’s Corner Café.

 

First Children’s Finance has chosen the Roseau County to participate in their Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The Rural Child Care Innovation Program is a community engagement process designed to address the challenges of child care in rural America. Close to 20 applications statewide were submitted and Roseau County was among the four communities selected.

 

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) is leading the project. In these rural, remote communities there are critically few Child Care Centers. Only 5% of the capacity is from Child Care Centers, 95% are from Family Based Care. This significantly limits the options available to parents/employees and exacerbates the capacity issues.

 

The Rural Child Care Innovation Program is a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to address the needs of child care and early education for communities selected to participate. Over an 18-month period, chosen communities will increase the focus on opportunities and challenges they are facing with child care. First Children’s Finance helps facilitate the conversation and provides expertise, tools, and resources to support the creation and implementation of solutions to address child care shortages in rural communities. There are also potential grant monies available at the completion of this process to help communities implement the solutions.

 

For more information please contact Missy Okeson at 218-759-2057.