West Central Initiative

Focus Area: Advocacy in Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in Fergus Falls, serves the 9 counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI is a regional organization foundation that works through funding, programs, and technical assistance to strengthen the economy of west central Minnesota so its families, communities and businesses can thrive.

Grant supports outreach to current and potential childcare providers to fine-tune the Transforming Minnesota’s Early Childhood Workforce plan, which is being developed to address a shrinking and inadequately trained early childhood work force. The next phase of outreach will reach out to family, friend and neighbor care providers, providers of color, American Indian providers, providers whose first language is not English, and others who do not traditionally participate in policy development.