A Focus on Child Care

A Focus on Child Care

Child care issues are nothing new to our rural communities. In 1989, WCI established a child care initiative in response to a study the foundation conducted that showed less than half of the child care needed by working parents in the nine-county region could be provided by licensed providers. Three decades later, a study

by the Center for Rural Policy and Development showed that 26 percent of child care needs were not being met in the region. It’s a move in the right direction, still, every day, parents struggle to find child care—impacting local employers as much as families. What is WCI doing about it? “Uniting ideas and resources,” as WCI’s vision states, to help communities, employers, nonprofits and providers meet the need. In the current issue of our newsletter, Focus on the Region, we shine a light on some of the creative child care solutions WCI has helped champion.

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