As I was looking back through past newsletters this week, I realized that a year ago last week we launched a follow-up survey to the childcare feasibility study to gain a better understanding of the before-and-after-school care needs in the Grinnell community. Fast forward nearly a year to the date, and I'm excited to share the news of a new program being developed to help address this community need.
It has been a lengthy process that our organization has helped lead along the way, from conducting a community-wide feasibility study, to actively convening a working steering committee since hearing the study results, and spending the better part of the past year completing due diligence in an effort to help address the ongoing challenges facing childcare in and around Grinnell. After spending time and energy working to help address this issue, I am very proud to be serving as an inaugural board member for LINK Grinnell, an organization committed to support the community's long-term and ongoing efforts for childcare and youth development in the Grinnell community. LINK's mission is to lead, inspire, nurture and keep children enriched, engaged and educated in the Grinnell community and will begin by launching an after-school program (next week!) housed at Davis Elementary School.
The organization learned this week that the LINK program is authorized to commence next Tuesday, September 3! If you know of someone in need of after-school care, please encourage them to complete the interest form found on LINK's website. Together with our business community, we are excited to be addressing this ongoing community need and look forward to convening similar projects and efforts in the future!