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From the Front Lines of Child Care: Robyn’s Story

Family child care provider Robyn Rice is struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic and hopes more financial assistance is made available.

From the Front Lines of Child Care: Hopkins Early Learning Center

The Executive Director of an early care and education program talks about the difficulties of maintaining her high-quality program during the pandemic.

From the Front Lines of Child Care: Tammy’s Story

Tammy Neumann loves her job, but she’s worried the pandemic will make it tough for family child care businesses to survive.

From the Front Lines of Child Care: Elisa’s Story

Family child care provider Elisa Vega is worried about what the future holds for families and her program as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens her livelihood.

From the Front Lines of Child Care: Rdella’s Story

“I think people are seeing how important we are, and the Governor sees that too. We are very important.”

From the Front Lines of Child Care: Shirley’s Story

Family child care provider Shirly Toby is staying open to care for the children of essential workers, but running a child care in the middle of a pandemic is extremely challenging.

A Middle-Class Mom Looking for Help

Viktoria Bjerke wants her children to have the best early childhood experience possible but she and her husband are struggling to afford child care.

Keeping My Kids in High-Quality Care

Kathy, a parent from Moorhead, describes how an early learning scholarship provided stability for her and her children.

Here We Grow

Rather than set unit topics and lengths, Here We Grow has provocations based on children’s interests.

Little Wonders

Observing nature on the lake is one of the perks of the location - they’ve seen geese, eagles, rabbits, and a fox.

The Teddy Bear House

“My drive home is kind of my time to reflect on what happened today and I’ll often find myself laughing about this and that.”

People Serving People

"There’s never really an end of the school year for us, and we can have new children join our center any day of the week."


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