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MNIBA's Virtual Childcare Conference

Monday, May 18, 20202:00 pmThursday, May 21, 20203:30 pm
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MNIBA's Virtual Childcare Conference


DATE: May 18-21, 2020

TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 PM DAILY


Target Audience: Tribal Head Start programs, Tribal Early childhood programs, MNTRECC and Tribal childcare providers, Tribal College early childhood programs and students, employers including HR staff (that can attest to difficulties in staff with children who need childcare), Tribal economic development officers aiming to develop childcare, Philanthropy program staff aiming to fund and support daycare centers to develop community in tribal communities, and any who are interested in developing high-quality, affordable childcare in Tribal communities in Minnesota.

Have you dreamed of sharing the resources to have language and cultural immersion, exercise instruction, worksheets and educational materials that align with Cultural Lifeways, and shared professional development for your community to meet childcare needs?

Please join us as we bring people together to have a conversation on how communities are addressing childcare shortages. Each day is organized around different topics in childcare to inspire ways to collectively and cooperatively meet tribal community needs.

Monday, May 18—Introduction to the Current State of Childcare in Rural and Tribal Communities

2:00-3:30 PM

Panel discussion will include foundations sharing the challenges they are seeing to support childcare providers.
Indigenous visioning will discuss about the work they have done in communities including a statewide tour to Tribal childcare centers throughout Minnesota. They will discuss their findings.

Tuesday, May 19—Innovative Approaches in Tribal Communities

2:00-3:30 PM

Participants will learn about the Montessori language immersion and other creative childcare models.
In this discussion, participants will learn about the successes and challenges in operating daycare centers in tribal communities.

Wednesday, May 20—Pod Model & Multiplex Approaches

2:00-3:30 PM

Participants will learn about a creative approach in childcare to business ownership that can address challenges of owning a business. Participants will learn about how and where they can get technical assistance to develop their own childcare multi-flex center.

Thursday, May 21—Cooperative Childcare Models

2:00-3:30 PM

Participants will learn about how cooperative models can help increase wages and offer principles for shared ownership that addresses needs not currently met by the private market.

We are inviting all who are thinking of opening a childcare service in their home or community, those who currently provide childcare, and organizations that may have space in their facilities that could be utilized in meeting a much needed service in communities - affordable childcare.

**If you have any questions, please email Molly Sir @ She will provide you with all the pertinent information to participate in MNIBA's Virtual Childcare Conference.