Initiative Foundation Grant Being Used to Address Child Care Shortage

Initiative Foundation Grant Being Used to Address Child Care Shortage

June 7, 2021 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

RELEASE – (6/7/21) — Relief is on the way for families waiting for a child care spot this summer for their school age children. Fun & Friends, the Community Education child care program at Brainerd Public Schools, has been awarded a grant from the Initiative Foundation that will be used to recruit more staff to address the current shortage of child care spots. 

Grant money will be used to offer current and new staff members the opportunity to earn up to $450 extra on top of their wages for working 25 or more hours per week throughout the summer. 

“We know there are not enough child care spots in our community right now,” says Fun & Friends Coordinator Aleis Weber. “We want to give every child who wants it the opportunity to be in a safe, fun environment to play, learn, and explore with friends this summer. We really hope the joy of working with kids, the daytime schedule 

with limited evenings and no weekends, and now this option for extra pay will entice people to come work with us so we can serve more working families.” 

Fun & Friends serves children 4 years old to eighth grade at Baxter Elementary, Nisswa Elementary, and the Washington Educational Service Building, Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6pm. Applications for Child Care Program Assistants can be filled out online at under the Employment tab. Once additional staff are hired and scheduled, families will be contacted about when their children may start. Call the Fun & Friends office with questions at 218-454-6956. 


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