MANKATO, Minn. -- The Southern Minnesota Initiative Forum partnered with multiple community organizations to host their first regional meeting, where they discussed innovative solutions to the Child Care Crisis.

The group gave government officials and other community members, information on the shortage of child care services, as well as "Rays of Hope" for their needs. 

Vice President of Early Childhood Rae Jean Hansen said employers are struggling with running their businesses, but there are solutions for them. 

"[An] Empty building has been opened up, so different family providers can open up their businesses in someplace else besides their homes," said Hansen.

"And that's opened up more slots for families to look at, and for them to share resources."
 
Group leaders are encouraging providers, school districts and communities to seek out the program's resources.

The group will host another meeting on August 7 in Rochester.

-- KEYC News 12