Gov. Jack Dalrymple asked state officials Thursday to consider an idea that he hopes will help address the child care crunch in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. Dalrymple proposed a pilot program that would provide energy impact grants to cities to help buy modular child care facilities.
Squeals of delight fill the air as a stack of wooden blocks at June Kassa’s home daycare goes tumbling down. A 9-month-old boy on her lap and surrounded by six other children between the ages of 2 and 4, Kassa helps them stack the blocks so they can knock it down again. Afterward, she danced with the children, made lunch, helped them with artwork projects and took them outside to play. Late last month, Kassa was named Polk County Family Child Care Provider of the Year by the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. Kassa, 41, has done home day care for nearly 15 years.
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