The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has picked five communities to join its new program aimed at tackling the region’s childcare shortage.
Wells, Albert Lea, Austin, Eagle Lake and Watonwan County have all been chosen to participate in “Communities Addressing the Child Care Shortage.”
The program will work with the communities to make a plan of action reducing the gap over the next 6-18 months.
The foundation says its 20 county coverage area, there are nearly 9,000 licensed child care slots needed.
The nonprofit says after the initial plan is made, the five participating municipalities will be eligible for future grants worth up to $10,000.