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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Thursday announced $6.2 million in new grants to expand child care across the state. DEED has awarded 21 organizations with Child Care Economic Development Grants – the state’s largest-ever round of funding for this program. The funding is expected to increase child care program capacity by 2,241 slots.

DEED’s Child Care Economic Development Grant program provides funding to communities to invest in new or expanding child care businesses, including facility improvements, worker training, attraction, retention and licensing, and other strategies to reduce the child care shortage.

KLGR-area organizations receiving grants include:

  • Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Center, $500,000
  • Prairie Five Community Action Council, Montevideo (serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties) $380,000