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Honoring Those Who Care

Child care providers recognized at regional event

Child care providers from eight local counties have been named 2021 Sourcewell Child Care Providers of the Year.

The announcements were made at the fourth-annual Regional Family Child Care Network Conference hosted by Sourcewell. More than 80 providers viewed the virtual event.

Participants of the online conference were licensed in-home family child care providers from counties that partner with Sourcewell for family child care licensing, including Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Morrison, Stevens, Todd, and Wadena counties.

“This was our second year hosting the conference virtually and we felt the participation level increased, and attendees were more engaged than previous years,” said Sourcewell Lead Regional Licensing Specialist Michelle Tautges. “Providers appreciate this annual training because they can obtain five hours of professional development to go toward their annual requirement of 16 hours at a low-cost.”

Recipients of the Sourcewell's Child Care Provider of the Year award are nominated by families of children in their care or professionals in the industry.

This year's recipients are:

  • Becker County – Rebecca Talbert
  • Cass County – Shannon Wright
  • Crow Wing County – Julie Jedlika
  • Douglas County – Alisha Hoekstra
  • Morrison County – Joelle Lucking
  • Stevens County – Jennifer Mackedanz
  • Todd County – Megan Bundy
  • Wadena County – Danielle Sworski
2021 Child Care Provider of the Year Awards