Families First continues to address how to best support those who want to learn more about the childcare industry. Individuals located in Southeastern MN (Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties) can reach out to our navigators here at Families First to further explore the childcare field. Whether you want to explore if a childcare business is right for you, if you want support going through the licensing process, if you are a current provider who has concerns and wants guidance on areas of your business, or you want to expand or grow your program. Reach out to your Startup and Retention navigator, by going to childcarewafinder.org. Navigators can explore with you on topics such as: business and record keeping, training requirements, grants and funding resources, help with policy and contract, emergency planning, health and safety, organizing your business. Navigators can share the many connections and agencies in the childcare field giving clarity also on the Food program, CCAP, Early Learning Scholarships and Parent Aware.