Parents in many rural communities across the region struggle to find day care for their kids.
That includes people in Elkton; the community is taking the issue into its own hands.
Christina Wiemer enjoys playing with her two kids, Elijah and Phoenix, but when it came time to find a day care in her town of Elkton, it wasn’t all fun and games.
“There are not enough day cares at all in town to house all the kids we have,” Wiemer said.
Wiemer, along with other Elkton parents, wanted to find a solution to the town’s day care dilemma. That’s why they formed a nonprofit to build the Elkton Community Child Care and Education Center.
“A lot of other communities are having the same issue. We talked to day cares in Clark, Brookings, Watertown and a couple of other places. Most of the places are having issues with not enough space for the kids,” Wiemer said.
First Baptist Church donated two acres for the project. It’s already been rezoned.
“There are consistently kids who are being put on a waiting list without being able to get in preschool in town,” First Baptist Church Pastor Brandon Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen is the head of the nonprofit’s board. He hopes to have the day care open next fall.
“We will then shortly after that begin to add before and after school programs, preschool, snow days and different things like that,” Jorgensen said.
New child care options that Wiemer says will improve the town she loves.
“It’s a safe, cozy neighborhood. We don’t want to move to Brookings,” Wiemer said.
The board is looking for donations.
You can find out more information on its Facebook page.