Parenting Place offers new program to boost early child-care workforce

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A La Crosse nonprofit is taking a new approach to help ease the child-care crisis by prepping high schoolers for the workforce.

The goal of the Parenting Place’s new program, called Child Care Explorers, is to build high schoolers’ interest in working in early child care.

Fostering passion is essential, training coordinator Sara Horstman said.

“Child care is needed everywhere, in every area,” Horstman said. “So this is one of the ways that we are going to try to build the workforce for childcare. To bring new people into the world and start building that passion.”

Beginning this summer, the Parenting Place will train La Crosse high schoolers to enter the workforce. Official dates are not set yet.

Each session will be three hours long, and will cover a variety of child-care topics.

The first class will be capped at 25 students.

You can sign up online through this form.

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