By Tara Bitzan, Executive Director, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria was selected by First Children’s Finance to participate in the Rural Child Care Innovation Program. This is a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to address childcare shortages in rural communities.
Over an 18-month period, members of the Alexandria community will come together to explore opportunities and examine the challenges surrounding childcare. First Children’s Finance helps facilitate the conversation and provides expertise, tools, and resources to support the creation and implementation of solutions.
The entire community will be asked to take part in this important work in the months to come. The first ask is for local employers and local parents/guardians to complete surveys. The information obtained through these surveys will help guide the conversation and provide insights into the childcare challenges in the Alexandria community.
Parents, please share information about your childcare needs and experiences by following this survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Parent-Alexandria.
Employers, please share how childcare affects your business and your employees by following this survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Employer-Alexandria.
Your voices are needed to help us find a solution that works for our community!