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Assessing Child Care Needs in Clinton

Businesses and residents of Clinton will soon be asked to help solve a serious problem - the lack of child care. Grow Clinton has hired a consultant to do a survey and market analysis.

Director of Member and Community Relations, Jennifer Holm, says the city and nearby communities are considered a "child care desert."

"It contains either no child care providers or so few options that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots."

The lack of child care makes it difficult for workers, and even prevents some people from working.

Holm says a grant from the Clinton County Development Association will pay for the consultant, and results will be presented to local and state governments, plus used to recruit more child care services.

"My job is to speak with the plant managers and go out and talk to our small businesses, and ask them what they need in this area, and time and time again they say we need more child care."

She says surveys will go out to the community in September, with results of the market study available by December.