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Child care grants available for Otter Tail County providers

These grants can be applied for through the new Child Care Capacity Grant Program.

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The Child Care Capacity Grant Program is now open for applications.
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FERGUS FALLS — Child care providers in Otter Tail County can apply to the new Child Care Capacity Grant Program. The program is intended to support child care program needs for existing providers and increase child care slots for new or expanding providers in Otter Tail County.

According to a 2021 report from First Children’s Finance, 1,059 child care slots are needed in Otter Tail County. The Child Care Capacity Grant Program will help address this need by providing financial support to new providers who will add child care slots and existing providers who will retain the current supply of child care slots.

General program guidelines:

Eligibility: Child care centers, family providers and multi-provider pod models are eligible to apply for the Child Care Capacity Grant Program if they are located in Otter Tail County, provide full-time child care and have a current active license in good standing/in the process of completing licensure. Visit ottertailcountymn.us/childcare for the complete eligibility list.

Use of funds: Grant funds can be used to reimburse costs associated with equipment purchases, program needs and facility improvements required by licensing and/or fire safety requirements.

Application process: Access full program guidelines and the application form at ottertailcountymn.us/childcare . Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis subject to the availability of funds.

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Otter Tail County Community Development Agency Board Member and CEO of Vector Windows Jeff Ackerson said, “We have all realized that for parents to work in our communities, they need quality and affordable care for their children. These child care grants are one way to tell providers they are valued and provide a critical service in our communities.”

More information about the Child Care Capacity Grant Program can be found at ottertailcountymn.us/childcare .

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