Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $254,950 in immediate relief to child care providers

In response to increasing financial strain on child care providers, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awarded nearly $255,000 earlier this month to both home-based settings and centers across the region. While some are needing to bolster their capacity for distance learning or increased participation, others are seeing a sharp drop in enrollment as families face pandemic-related unemployment or underemployment. (Photo courtesy of Red Bird Hills Photography)