Duluth Councilors Pass Ordinance To Help Ease Child-Care Shortage

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s estimated at least 1,100 more child-care spots are needed in Duluth to meet the demand right now, according to the Northland Foundation.  But Monday night, city councilors voted to help ease that shortage.

Councilors passed an ordinance with an 8-0 vote that allows companies and other mixed-use businesses to have a child-care facility on site.

Councilor Jay Fosle was absent for the vote.

The ordinance is intended to open the opportunity for parents to have easier access to child care while they are working.

At-large city councilor Arik Forsman believes the child care shortage not only impacts parents but also employers.

“Businesses cant recruit employees if they have to stay home with their kids or they might lose employees because they had a kid and they could not figure out child care. This is an issue that affects all of us whether we have kids or not,” said Forsman.

So far, Forsman tells us about five businesses in the zoning areas covered by the ordinance have reached out hoping to get involved in tackling this ongoing issue.

The Chamber of Commerce is also working to make connections with interested businesses.

 

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