Park Rapids LWV is planning forums on childcare
Carolynne White with the League of Women Voters aired the idea at the Nov. 10 meeting of ACTION Park Rapids.
The Park Rapids League of Women Voters (LWV) is considering offering forums on childcare next year, Carolynne White announced at the ACTION Park Rapids meeting on Nov. 10.
White said that with the election over, “the League is trying to put together some programs for issues for the coming year, and we were thinking of a focus on childcare, because that was such a hot topic.”
White clarified that childcare is a high need.
“We don’t know much about what’s currently here for childcare and what isn’t,” she said, “so we were trying to plan probably two different forums, one in March and one in April to present information to the community on childcare.”
White told ACTION Park Rapids participants the LWV is looking for partners and information to develop the forums.
In a follow-up interview, White stressed that the forums are only in the planning stages. However, she added that the first forum will likely be on the childcare available in the community, whether it’s a daycare business or family-based childcare.
The second forum, she said, will likely be about early childhood programs, like Head Start.
“I know we have some programs here,” she said, “but they’re either under-utilized or under-funded or both. I know there’s some issues that not all the kids that should be getting them are actually getting there.”
White said she addressed it at ACTION Park Rapids in order to gauge the interest of potential partners. “We’re a lot more effective if we have community partners,” she said.