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Child care summit set for June 13

In partnership with First Children's Finance, the Initiative Foundation will host a free summit to address the region's child care crisis.

The summit will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., June 13, at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. Lunch is included.

Central Minnesota lacks more than 13,000 needed child care slots—a situation that affects family economics, keeps potential workers sidelined and places a burden on business and industry as they work to fill available job positions.

As part of its effort to address the problem, First Children's Finance is expanding its services in Central Minnesota. The summit provides an opportunity for you to learn about First Children's Finance and the innovative work they do to address child care needs throughout the state. The summit also will explore roles and resources for local units of government, employers, and economic development partners to improve child care access.

This summit is open to anyone in the 14-county region interested in potential solutions to alleviate the child care crisis in central Minnesota.

Since 1991, First Children's Finance has worked with communities and individual child care businesses to increase supply and support the sustainability of high-quality care and education.