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Child care providers allowed to join unions

May 21, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Union supporters celebrated Monday after the House voted 68-66 to allow some child care providers and personal care attendants to join unions. Continue Reading

Modular units could ease day care crunch in Oil Patch

June 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Jack Dalrymple asked state officials Thursday to consider an idea that he hopes will help address the child care crunch in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. Dalrymple proposed a pilot program that would provide energy impact grants to cities to help buy modular child care facilities. Continue Reading

FACES: June Kassa enjoys her job taking care of children

May 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Squeals of delight fill the air as a stack of wooden blocks at June Kassa’s home daycare goes tumbling down. A 9-month-old boy on her lap and surrounded by six other children between the ages of 2 and 4, Kassa helps them stack the blocks so they can knock it down again. Afterward, she danced with the children, made lunch, helped them with artwork projects and took them outside to play. Late last month, Kassa was named Polk County Family Child Care Provider of the Year by the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. Kassa, 41, has done home day care for nearly 15 years. Continue Reading

Daycare providers, parents face off with county

November 23, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON In a meeting that grew heated at times as angry parents and discouraged daycare providers faced off against Nobles County Human Services officials Tuesday night in Worthington, it appeared as though little progress was made in finding a reasonable solution to a change in the issuance of variance requests. Continue Reading