Child care desperately needed in Milnor
Milnor, ND (WDAY TV) - A small North Dakota town desperately needs child care.
And with help from the state and the community, Milnor hopes a new daycare center will boost the town's appeal.
For three years, the town of Milnor hasn't had a single licensed day care center.
There are some rural providers, but soon, those will be could be gone too.
Nichole Kadoun/ Youth Opportunity Unlimited, Inc. President: “The two closest ones are actually the ones looking to retire and take on new roles in their life.”
The next closest is 10 miles away and it could still be tough finding an open spot there.
Greta Buskohl/Milnor Mom: “The day cares here are full, so I mean anybody that's having babies or would move to town. I mean, there's nothing right now.”
But that's about to change.
Right now, it's just an empty plot of land. But this site will house the future Milner Day Care Center. And local parents are excited it's only minutes from home.
Buskohl: “It would be way quicker. I mean it would be just down the street from me instead of having to go outside of town to get her there.”
77 rural towns appealed to the state for day care funding and Milnor is one of 22 chosen to receive almost $200,000.
By next year, that money, and donations from local boosters, will help build a day care for working moms like Greta Buskohl.
Buskohl: “It's a great place for a day care.”
And some hope it will help the future of Milnor, too.
Kadoun: “It's not just for the young children, but it's also for the future of this community. It's for the businesses. Having a day care to bring in new employees, new businesses give them an opportunity there. It's definitely a need throughout, young to old.”
Milnor has raised 80% of the funds for the daycare center.
If you'd like to help, visit youmilnor.com.