EverGrow Learning Center
The Need for Child Care
Economic development today is as much or more about talent attraction and retention, place-making, and community engagement as it is about business recruitment. Currently, the City of Ashland, Wisconsin, is facing challenges in attracting talent because of its remote location and limited access to urban amenities. Child care is often cited as a primary concern for incoming professionals as well as the current workforce. A survey conducted by Ashland Area Development Corporation and University of Wisconsin – Extension gathered responses from residents of Ashland County to assess the need for child care services. Through the qualitative questions of the survey, many issues were raised about being able to find “quality” child care services. The other predominant challenge identified through the survey was the affordability of child care services. Of these survey respondents, 31% felt what they were spending on childcare was not affordable. Other studies and town hall forums held in recent years have only confirmed this need.
What is EverGrow Learning Center?
EverGrow Learning Center will have an emphasis on providing more spots for infants and making these services affordable to all families. Planned services include a large number of enrollment spots for infants, extended care hours, and scheduled “drop-in” care. These planned services meet needs identified in local area forums, surveys, and studies. A special focus will be on reserving a portion of the enrollment slots for low-income families and providing a higher than average wage for child care workers.
Development of the EverGrow Learning Center has been a collaborative effort of many community partners and stakeholders with efforts being led by Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and Ashland Area Development Corporation. Fundraising efforts are ongoing to make the EverGrow Learning Center a reality. If funds are raised. the center doors would open Fall 2019.
Do you need childcare?
Complete the form below if you are interested in learning more about the childcare services available at the EverGrowlearning Center. Information will be shared about availability of enrollment spots once the Center opens.
Ways to Give
If you would like to donate to the EverGrow Learning Center, please make checks payable to:
Ashland Area Development Corporation
C/O EverGrow Learning Center
422 3rd Street West, Suite 101
Ashland, WI 54806