U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) recently announced that they have secured $418,000 in federal funding to strengthen access to affordable childcare and support the workforce in Fosston. This funding will be used to remodel the new Prairie Pines Childcare Center.
“For far too many parents in Fosston and across our state, the struggle to find high-quality childcare is a barrier to joining the workforce,” said Klobuchar. “By increasing access to affordable childcare in Fosston, this funding will address this urgent issue. I’m proud to have worked with local leaders to secure these resources and support Fosston families.”
“I’ve heard from Minnesotans in Fosston and across the state about childcare—I’ve heard from families who have to drive 50 miles to take their kids to childcare, and those who are paying almost one-third of their income toward the cost of childcare for just one kid,” said Smith. “This new facility will help provide high-quality childcare for parents in Fosston and help get those who have been sidelined caring for a child during the pandemic back in the workforce. I am proud of our work to secure this funding, which will have a direct impact on the lives of Minnesotans.”
“As economic development director in Fosston, I have seen the importance of expanding childcare access and capacity,” said Michelle Landsverk, Economic Development Director of the Fosston Economic Development Authority. “People who do not have childcare can’t fully engage with the workforce. Employers who can’t fill open positions can’t thrive. Maybe most important of all, opening Prairie Pines Childcare Center means that we will be able to provide excellent care to young children and give them a strong foundation for success in school and in life. We’ve been working hard to increase childcare capacity in Fosston for the last few years. The award to Prairie Pines Childcare Center will allow us to open without debt and insure long-term sustainability of the center. We are beyond thankful to Senator Smith and Senator Klobuchar for championing our project.”