Conducted through a partnership funded by:

Established by:

Collaborative Goal:

Reducing the gap in child care slots in Northwest Minnesota

Our Approach:


Advisory Council:
Joan Berntson, First Children’s Finance

Jessica Beyer, First Children’s Finance

Cory Boushee, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Tamie Finn, Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Child Care

Ruby Gurneau, Red Lake Nation Oshkiimaajitahdah

Maureen Hams, Tri Valley Opportunity Council Child Care Aware

Kim Lage, White Earth Child Care Early Childhood Program

Missy Okeson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Dana Patsie, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership Child Care Aware

Maria Steen, CAPLP Child Care Aware

Karen White, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Joe Czapiewski, JFC Strategic Services, facilitator

Learn more about becoming a child care provider in Northwest Minnesota.

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Financial Resources for Northwest Minnesota Child Care Providers:

First Children’s Finance

First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low and moderate-income families.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

We lead and support collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to their unique child care needs.

Tools & Resources for Northwest Minnesota Child Care Providers

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Helping children succeed in school and life by supporting the professional growth of child care providers and connecting families to quality child .


The voice that connects and strengthens early education and child care services for American Indian Children and Families within the state of Minnesota.

Resources By County