Parents everywhere are finding that child care is hard to find and is expensive. As a result, employers report difficulties in filling jobs because parents are unable to find affordable and quality child care. The Covid-19 pandemic has created additional costs and created concerns regarding the health and safety of children and child care workers.
In 2020, an informal group of local child care practitioners, community leaders, business owners, and individuals convened to respond to these issues. The Central Montana Child Care Coalition is working with Snowy Mountain Development Corporation to measure the demand for child care services in the Lewistown area and to evaluate options for new facilities. The group has hired the consulting firm of Applied Communications from Whitefish, MT to complete the study. The work is being funded with a grant from the State of Montana.
A community survey is now on-line to obtain feedback regarding demand for services, quality of service and potential solutions. Public input is critical. “We want to hear from as many people in the community as possible.” said SMDC Development Director Carly Wheatley. As an incentive to complete the survey, respondents can enter their name in a raffle to a win an I-PAD! A link to the on-line version of the survey is below:
The survey is “mobile friendly” and can be taken with a smart phone. A link to the survey is on the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation website and a print version of the survey is available by request. The survey will be open until January 31, 2021.
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