Interconnected Rural-Urban Conversations: Childcare – A Complex Crisis



Monday, March 29th: Childcare – A Complex Crisis

Our first Interconnected Conversation focused on the childcare crisis in Minnesota. Panelists discussed the similarities and differences in childcare between urban and rural Minnesota, what potential business models may be a part of the solution and how the childcare crisis relates to other parts of our economy.

This conversation took place on March 29, 2021.
  • Karen DeVos – Owner of Little Learners Early Childhood Center in Ada, MN
  • Vanessa GoodThunder – Director of the C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi, the Lower Sioux Early Head Start and Head Start Dakota language immersion program in Morton, MN
  • Dianne Haulcy – Senior Vice President of Family Engagement at Think Small in St. Paul, MN
  • Shirley Toby – In-home daycare provider from Crystal, MN 
  • Marnie Werner – VP of Research & Operations, Center for Rural Policy & Development, Mankato, MN
  • Christina Palladino, Senior Principal at Park Street Public, St. Paul, MN
Future topics!
We will be holding these Interconnected Conversations monthly where our topics will revolve around our shared interests in health care, work force, housing and equity & inclusion in our communities.  Check back often for the latest information and registration links.  Pre-registration is required for each Conversation. Sign up here to receive notifications on future discussions.