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New Red Cliff center addresses child care shortage in Northwest Wisconsin

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RED CLIFF, WI-- Red Cliff reservation leaders are one step closer to filling a major need.

After years of being in the works, a new childcare center is about a month away from opening their doors.

On the corner of Blueberry and Water Tower Roads on the Red Cliff Reservation, a new childcare center is taking shape.

Something that reservation leaders say will have a huge difference throughout many areas in the community.

Lack of access to licensed, accessible and affordable childcare in Northern Wisconsin is something Tribal Chairman Rick Peterson says the community has been dealing with for years.

He adds this new center is about more than just helping the kids.

"It's also gonna create jobs. It's gonna create work within that industry. So we hope this is the first step in the years to come of progress in this area," said Chairman Peterson

Jennifer Leask, the Administrator for Red Cliff Early Childhood Care, says the lack of childcare has forced families to make tough decisions.

"It makes parents have to choose between 'can I go to work or school or do I have to stay home' because the safety of your child is your top priority," said Leask.

With 40 spots for children under the age of seven opening soon, it is sure to make a lasting impact.

"It's gonna give us a chance to give our children a head start into the formal setting of childcare, and learning, and different activities and get a jump on it right away and that in it of itself is gonna make a huge difference," said Chairman Peterson.

Building a better tomorrow for the community.

The new childcare center is set to be completed next month.

It will be available to anyone who lives and works in the area and needs childcare.

Natalie Grant

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