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At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, child care providers, elected officials, school staff and parents shared some of their biggest concerns for the future of child care in Stevens County. Representatives with a new partnership, Greater Than Minnesota, will include this information in a community action plan to help improve child care availability and quality in the area. (Sue Dieter/Sun Tribune)

Community brainstorms ways to improve regional child care options

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MORRIS – There are nearly 600 children under the age of five in Stevens County, but less than 500 licensed child care spaces in the county. Nearly 70 percent of families with children under five have two working parents, and 21 percent of those families live in poverty.


These statistics, shared at a town hall meeting on child care challenges held this week, indicate just a few of the issues families in the area face when looking for quality child care options in the region.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.