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Episode 10: Working to address the child care shortage

Finding creative community child care solutions

West Central Initiative

Communities are getting creative in how they work to understand and address child care shortages. Greg Wagner from the West Central Initiative shares steps they are taking to increase child care capacity in communities.

Through the use of their Forgivable Childcare Loan Fund, home-based child care providers in West Central Minnesota are able to start or improve a child care business to help communities remain vibrant.

"Child care is at such a premium, people will drive more than an hour away to get their kids in child care. This impacts the life-work balance in that family."

— Greg Wagner

Episode host(s)

  • Christy Kallevig, Extension educator
    University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality


  • Greg Wagner, business and economic development director
    West Central Initiative

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  • Use the Community Vitality page as your go-to resource for help in your community work.
  • Read how the West Central Initiative works to share resources to improve West Central Minnesota through various programs and events.
  • Learn more about the Initiative Foundation in your area and the work they are doing to strengthen communities.


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