In 2016 Minnesotans were alerted to a serious lack of child care by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. Since then, there have been many efforts to work toward solutions.
For the fifth year, SMIF staff and board spent the day visiting partners who are making a difference in their community. This year we traveled to the eastern part of our 20-county region.
We know that entrepreneurs need support in other ways besides financing, which is why we fund organizations and communities through our Economic Development Grant Program.
Whether we are working with partners in early childhood, economic development or community vitality, we do our best to complement what others are doing in those arenas so that collectively we can have more results than we would have separately.
This spring, our Early Childhood team has already been focused on providing trainings to area child care providers, while working with several communities on addressing the child care shortage.
We want to make sure that people in southern Minnesota know that they can come to us for support in entrepreneurship, early childhood and community philanthropy. This is why we are launching our new Sprout! events this spring in the four corners of our region.
AmeriCorps gives people an opportunity to make a difference in their own backyard while developing critical life skills.