Childcare is an important factor for many families when deciding where to live, work and play. Here in Otter Tail Lakes Country, we believe that we have the right facilities, qualified people, and family-oriented approach to make you and your child feel at home. If you are new to the area or have been around, but are a new parent, we have the information you’re looking for. Below is a list of references for parents of all ages of children, including various forms of child care and educational programs.
Child Care Aware of Minnesota: childcareawaremn.org/
We help families find the quality childcare their children need to grow and we support the professional growth of childcare professionals. Formerly the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Child Care Aware of Minnesota has been in operation for more than 25 years. In that time, our statewide system of agencies has served more than 600,000 parents looks for child care and more than 100,000 child care professionals seeking education and professional development.
Parent Aware: parentaware.org/
Parent Aware gives you the tools and information to find the best quality childcare and early education for your child.
Child Care Assistance:
West Central MN Communities Action Head Start: www.wcmca.org/programs/headstart-program/
WCMCA Head Start and Early Head Start serves families with children in Otter Tail County in the communities of Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids and Perham, who meet age and income guidelines set by the federal government. Ten percent of Head Start’s enrollment is reserved for special needs children who may be over the income guidelines. All Head Start services are provided at no cost to the family.
Mahube-Otwa Early Head Start Child Care Partnership: www.mahube.org/services/head-start/family-child-care/
Early Childhood Screening: Shonna Gnahn @ Lakes Country Service Cooperative (218-739-3273) for the children in the school districts of:
- New York Mills
- Fergus Falls
For children attending school in Battle Lake, Parkers Prairie, Pelican Rapids and Henning should contact their school district for more information on screening.
Early childhood screening (ESC) is a requirement for all children attending public schools in Minnesota. ECS is not a test of your child’s knowledge, but is a screening of development, recommended for children ages three.
Early Childhood Programs at the Local School Districts:
Fergus Falls: http://ecfe.fergusotters.org/
New York Mills: http://www.nymills.k12.mn.us
Parkers Prairie: http://www.isd547.com/Elem/ECFEII.html
Pelican Rapids: http://www.pelicanrapids.k12.mn.us/domain/36
Child Care Center
Childrens Corner http://www.childrenscornerlc.com/
locations in Fergus Falls, Perham and Pelican Rapids
- Claire Ann Shover
- Trinity Lutheran Preschool
- Morning Son
- Learning Ladder
- Our Lady of Victory
- Precious Lambs Preschool – St. Paul’s
- St. Paul’s Elementary School
- St. Henry’s Elementary School
School Age Care
Fergus Falls Area YMCA– http://www.fergusfallsymca.org/
Boys and Girls Club of Perham — https://www.bgcdl.org/
For Child Care Providers
Child Care Aware of Minnesota: http://childcareawaremn.org/
We help families find the quality child care their children need to grow and we support the professional growth of child care professionals. Formerly the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Child Care Aware of Minnesota has been in operation for more than 25 years. In that time, our statewide system of agencies has served more than 600,000 parents looks for child care and more than 100,000 child care professionals seeking education and professional development.
First Children’s Finance: http://www.firstchildrensfinance.org/
First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families.
West Central Initiative: http://wcif.org/what-we-do/funding/applications.html
West Central Initiative provides financial resources for qualified projects that support families and strengthen the economy of west central Minnesota. This includes forgivable loans for family-based and for-profit child care centers to open and retain child care in west central Minnesota. Child Care grants are available for non-profit child care centers to open and expand.
Zero to Three: www.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Healthy connections help build babies’ brains.
Goodies Galore at Garden Party Cultural Center Hosts Spring Fundraiser The Cultural Center hosts the seventh annual Garden Party fundraiser in New York Mills on Thursday, May 3. All are invited to this fun art and spring themed event. Festivities begin at 5:45 p.m. and continue until 8:15 p.m. Included in this evening is a brats, beans, and beer bash sponsored by the Mills Locker Plant and Mills Country Market. Invitees are asked to come hungry! Event highlights include a live auction by Perala Brothers Auctioneers at 7:00 p.m. and the 3rd annual “Celebrate the Local” silent art auction. The silent auction is entirely comprised of artwork by local artists, with proceeds from each sale split between the artist and the Center. Silent auction art is on display in the Gallery at the Center starting Thursday, April 26. Interested persons are encouraged to come check out the artwork and bid early, or, if you find something you can’t live without, you will have the opportunity to “buy now!” In addition to the two auctions at the party, attendees can partake in a plant grab, greenhouse goodie grab, game of Heads or Tails split the pot, and party bucket drawings! Party buckets are created by Center staff with donations from the community. […]