CHILD CARE SURVEY

The Northwest Minnesota Child Care Collaborative is seeking to gain public input on the current child care situation at local levels and has launched a survey to capture further input from those throughout this region.

The collaborative seeks to deepen its understanding of the current child care situation, as well as to identify specific action items. The perspectives and ideas of community stakeholders will be used to create a strategic plan for retaining and increasing the supply of quality child care throughout Northwest Minnesota.

 

 

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Conducted through a partnership funded by:

Established by:

Collaborative Goal:

“To increase quality child care spots in Minnesota.”

Northwest Minnesota Child Care Collaborative Advisory Council
Lydia Pietruszweski, First Children’s Finance –  

Patti Turney, Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Child Care –  

Ruby Gurneau, Red Lake Nation Oshkiimaajitahdah –  

Maureen Hams, Tri Valley Opportunity Council Child Care Aware –  

Kim Lage, White Earth Child Care Early Childhood Program –  

Missy Okeson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation –  

Dana Patsie, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership Child Care Aware –  

Maria Steen, CAPLP Child Care Aware –  

Michael Neusser, Northwest Minnesota Foundation –  

Financial Resources for Northwest Minnesota Child Care Providers:

First Children’s Finance

First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MN TRECC)

Offers grants, resources, technical assistance and outreach to Tribal Early Childhood Programs throughout the State of Minnesota.

Current Grant Opportunities
Parent Aware

$1000 – for programs that completed 20 hours of Building Quality coaching

$2500 – for programs that earned a 1-2-3 Star Rating

Child Care Aware

Start-Up grants: Available throughout the year. Maximum amount is $1000 for family providers and $2500 for centers.

Child Care Services grants: Application is available September 1st – 25th each year. Maximum amount is $1000 for family providers and $2500 for centers

Emergency Grants: Available throughout the year. There is no maximum amount, amount award is based on funding that is available.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation  

Tools & Resources for Northwest Minnesota Child Care Providers

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Helping children succeed in school and life by supporting the professional growth of child care providers and connecting families to quality child .

Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MN TRECC)

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and Families within the state of Minnesota.

The Center For Inclusive Child Care

Provides free relationship-based professional development (RBPD) including support, training, modeling, and resources to child care programs throughout Minnesota.

Bemidji Area Rural Child Care Collaborative

Click here to learn more about becoming a child care provider in Northwest Minnesota.

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Resources By County

Beltrami County
County Licenser/s

Michele Voorhees (p) 218-333-4269 (e) michele.voorhees@co.beltrami.mn.us

Amber Fuller (p) 218-333-4269 (e) amber.fuller@co.beltrami.mn.us

Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Clearwater County
County Licenser/s Sara Olson (p) 218-694-6164 (e) sara.olson@co.clearwater.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Hubbard County
County Licenser Leeza Branstrom (p) 218-732-2406 (e) lbranstrom@co.hubbard.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Kittson County
County Licenser Francie Pankratz (p) 218-843-2689 (e) fpankratz@co.kittson.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Lake of the Woods County
County Licenser Joanna Onstad (p) 218-634-4570 (e) joanna_o@co.lake-of-the-woods.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Marshall County
County Licenser Krissy McMahon (p) 218-745-5124 (e) krissy.mcmahon@co.marshall.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Mahnomen County
County Licenser Brandy Jones (p) 218-935-2568 (e) bjones@co.mahnomen.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Norman County
County Licenser Krista Wright (p) 218-784-5419 (e)krista.wright@co.norman.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Pennington County
County Licenser Jamie Danzl (p) 218-681-2880 ext. 272 (e) jldanzl@co.pennington.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Polk County
County Licenser Annabelle Narlock (p) 218-399-8536 (e) annabelle.narlock@co.polkmn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Red Lake County
County Licenser Sara Kollin (p) 218-253-4131 (e) sakollin@mail.co.red-lake.mn.us
Child Care Aware

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Roseau County
County Licenser Katie Gunderson (p) 218-463-2411 (e) katie.gunderson@co.roseau.mn.us
Child Care Aware 

Lynn Balstad, Child Care Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Lynn.Balstad@tvoc.org

Ann Holub, Parent Aware (p) 800-543-7382 (e) Ann.Holub@tvoc.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

White Earth Tribal Resources
Tribal Licenser Kim Lage (e) kim.lage@whiteearth-nsn.gov
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Cindy Hurt (p) 218-632-3600 (e) churt@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MNTRECC

 

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

White Earth Child Care Provides high-quality, culturally based child development support, services, outreach and advocacy for children, families, child care providers and community on or near the White Earth Reservation to help our children succeed.
Red Lake Tribal Resources
Tribal Licenser Ruby A Gurneau (p) 218-679-3350 ext 2609 (e) rgurneau@redlakenation.org
Child Care Aware

Kathy Stenberg (p) 218-732-7204 (e) kstenberg@mahube.org

Provides grants and scholarships that support the professional growth of child care providers in Minnesota.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Missy Okeson (p) 218-759-6510 (e) missyo@nwmf.org

Leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

First Children’s Finance

Joan Berntson (p) 218-766-1158 (e) joanb@firstchildrensfinance.org

Provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses throughout Minnesota.

MnTRECC

Patti Turney (e) Patti.turney@llojibwe.net

The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and families within the state of Minnesota.

Red Lake Nation

Child Care

Providing high-quality, culturally based child development services, outreach and advocacy for children & families, child care providers and communities on or near the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Nation to aid in the success of our future generations.