Follow up Lexington child care planning meeting to be held July 23

DHHS Child Care Specialist Shonna Werth speaks during the June child care meeting in Lexington.

LEXINGTON — A second follow up meeting to discuss child care planning for Lexington is being held Tuesday, July 23 at the Lexington Regional Health and Wellness Community Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The first meeting of this kind took place in June with multiple community organizations, churches, businesses and individuals attending to discuss the acute lack of childcare options in Lexington.

The Lexington Clipper-Herald found the maximum capacity of all daycares in Lexington is around 211. Given how many children are under the age of five, 993, there are 700 children who will have no access to childcare options of any kind.

The organizers of the last meeting were Marti Beard with Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and Shonna Werth, Department of Health and Human Services.

The group discussed the need for child care options, heard testimony from the Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition and heard from Lexington organizations which were in early talks of what they could do to help alleviate the problem.

The next meeting will include updates on short term child care licenses in Lexington. Dawson Area Development Executive Director Andrea McClintic will give a presentation and there will be a Dawson County child care professional learning series. The meeting will conclude with a survey report for long term planning for Lexington.

A Dawson County Rooted in Relationships meeting is taking place directly after the child care meeting and Werth welcomes anyone who attends to stay for the Rooted meeting to learn how the two groups can work together into the future.

The meeting is open to anyone who is concerned about child care in Lexington. The Health and Wellness Building is located at 1600 W. 13th St.

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