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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


It has been more than a year since the shortage of day care was brought to the attention of area residents. Little has changed during this time, until now.

The initial dialogue began May 2014 when Karen DeBoer, Director of Region 8 Child Care Aware of Minnesota, put together a Mountain Lake Child Care Needs Assessment Survey for families with child care needs and anyone who wanted to express concerns.

The results of the survey showed the most important child care problems are location, cost, availability, openings, hours care is provided and the number of children needing care (three or more). “Families should have options available for them to choose from when it comes to child care because families have different needs,” says Karen DeBoer.

“The bottom line is that Mt. Lake could easily have three to four more providers.” As Mt. Lake’s industries continue to expand and more businesses look to locate here, the Mt. Lake EDA Board decided a new approach should be taken to encourage individuals to consider starting a day care business in Mt. Lake.

The first action was to form a Day Care Planning Committee made up of EDA Board members, Chamber Board members, Karen De- Boer, representatives fromthe Mt. Lake Public

School and the school’s

day care (Town-NCountry

Daycare) and

concerned community

members.

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