First Children’s Finance has chosen Carlton County to participate in their Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The Rural Child Care Innovation Program is a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to address the needs of child care and early education for the communities selected to participate. 

Over an 18-month period, chosen communities will focus on opportunities and challenges they are facing with child care. First Children’s Finance helps facilitate the conversation and provides expertise, tools, and resources to support the creation and implementation of solutions to address child care shortages in rural communities. 

Your participation in this survey will help guide the conversation and the combined responses will provide insights into the child care challenges in Carlton County.

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* 1. What is the licensed capacity of your child care center?

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* 2. Please provide the number of children in your current enrollment

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* 3. What are the ideal # of children in each age group in your preferred enrollment?

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* 4. What type of care does your center provide? (Select all that apply)

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* 5. How long has your center been operating?

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* 6. How  many staff do you employ?

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* 8. Which of the following apply to your program? (Select all that apply)

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* 11. What are the biggest challenges for a START-UP child care business in your area?

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* 12. How can the community provide better support for child care businesses?

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* 13. In the next one to five years what challenges may child care businesses face in your area?

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* 14. In the next one to five years what opportunities may child care businesses have in your area?

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* 15. Thank you for taking our survey. In closing, do you have any additional thought you would like to offer from the child care center perspective regarding the shortage of child care in your community?

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