New M State program addresses F-M area’s child care shortage

A new program on Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Moorhead campus is designed to help alleviate the serious shortage of child care in the Fargo-Moorhead area and provide opportunities for students interested in child care careers.

Beginning in the fall, the Moorhead campus will offer a Child Care and Education certificate program that will prepare students for entry-level jobs in child care centers or opening their own in-home child care.

The child care shortage has emerged as an economic development issue in Fargo-Moorhead, with employers and civic leaders expressing concern that the difficulty of finding child care can make it a challenge to recruit and maintain a skilled workforce.

“The Fargo-Moorhead area is experiencing a two-fold problem with child care – both a lack of facilities and a lack of workers,” said Steve Erickson, an M State dean of technical programs.

Susan TenEyck-Stafki, an instructor in M State’s child care programs and president of Minnesota’s West Central Child Care Director’s Association, said that child care centers in the Fargo-Moorhead area “are in desperate need of educated staff that meet the licensing requirements to work in a center.”

The schedule for M State’s one-year, 24-credit certificate program is designed to accommodate students with family and work demands, with classes scheduled only one day per week. In addition to in-class coursework, students also will get hands-on work experience in child care facilities.

M State already offers the Child Care and Education certificate program on its Detroit Lakes campus. For students who want to advance their education in the field, the Detroit Lakes campus also offers an associate’s degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education.

For more information about the Child Care and Education certificate program at M State, contact Enrollment Manager Carissa Engstrom at 218.299.6631 or Carissa.engstrom@minnesota.edu, or call the M State Solution Center at 877.450.3322.

Posted in News on July 14, 2016 at 8:58 am