Mission: People working together to create a healthier community.
Vision: People in our community are healthy, safe, active, supported and engaged.
In the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Drug Use and Abuse was identified as the second highest priority based on survey results, primary and secondary data, and focus group input. Drugs impact people of all ages through primary use which affects the brain, behaviors, relationships and functioning, housing access, and more to an individual. Even if in recovery, remaining effects of usage may remain that impact ability to find housing, a job, or to find positive community support systems. Secondary impacts include negative impacts on children and families, job/work loss, incarceration rates, health care costs and more (all of which affect taxes which are needed to raise funds to support programs that mitigate effects).
Adverse Childhood Experiences and social emotional learning skills are the top factors that influence health outcomes and prosperity across the lifespan. In fact, if a child is exposed to 6 or more ACES, their life expectency is 20 years less than a child with zero. Healthy environments provide the context in which all people thrive and nurturing environments create access to experiences that enable youth to aquire skills to thrive in society. In order to support youth in becoming resilient and having access to resources to support wellbeing, our approach is to create healthy environments and positive nurturing environments that reduce the stigma of mental illness, expand mentoring programs and youth activities, and improve prevention and early intervention strategies to address mental health.
Barriers for child care providers include burnout, lack of benefits, state regulations, poor income for child care providers, difficult families and children. Parents struggle to find affordable child care, quality child care, or care that works for their hours of employment. Employers struggle to support employees who have child care issues.
With 647 child care slots needed now this program focuses on identifying opportunities to expand current facilities to serve more children, or to develop new child care facilities. Using an asset based approach the team has identified agencies that have potential and interest in expansion or creation of a facility.
This program serves people or entities interested in developing or expanding child care facilities.
Creating or expanding facilities directly reduces the number of child care slots in need.
A survey completed in 2018 shows that child care providers in Becker County feel unsupported in many ways. The goal of this initiative is to support child care providers in tangible ways to address some of the concerns that were expressed including access to funding, business training, and accessbile annual training for licensure.
This initiative is supported through collaboration and the primary focus is supporting all licensed child care providers in Becker County.
Provide a child care business cohort to support training needs of child care providers, improve business skills and networking amongst child care providers.