Community Driven Solutions to Addressing the Child Care Crisis
In partnership with First Children's Finance and Families First of Minnesota, Child Care Aware, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) invites you to bring a team from your community to learn more about addressing the child care crisis.

On a regular basis we are hearing about the need for child care in the region, especially infant & toddler care. This issue is becoming an economic development issues in many communities - creating family stress and placing burden on business and industry as they work to fill available job positions.

This session is open to anyone in SMIF’s 20-county region interested in potential solutions to alleviate the child care crisis – we highly encourage communities to bring a team of individuals and organizations interested in finding locally driven solutions to addressing the shortage. Suggestions of who to invite to be a part of your communities’ team include: Economic Development staff, city & county officials, employers, superintendents & school district early childhood staff, local child care providers or associations, parents and others in your community interested in addressing the shortage.
MANKATO

Date: July 31

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Courtyard by Marriott (901 Raintree Rd, Mankato)

Cost: Free, lunch is included

Registration Deadline: July 24
ROCHESTER

Date: August 7

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Wood Lake Meeting Center (210 Woodlake Dr, Rochester)

Cost: Free, lunch is included

Registration Deadline: July 31
Contact Teri Steckelberg at 507.214.7015 or teris@smifoundation.org with questions.
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About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $106 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 31 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood, community and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit  www.smifoundation.org .