Introducing Childcare for Employees of PioneerCare
Data from our community shows a high demand for more childcare options in Fergus Falls. Detailed feedback from PioneerCare employees shows a need for childcare services that fit their families’ unique needs. In response, PioneerCare plans to offer childcare services for children of PioneerCare employees, with a targeted opening of early September.
The Basic Facts
PioneerKids will provide on-site childcare services for up to twelve children – infants, toddlers, and preschoolers – in Homestead Cottage, just steps away from PioneerCare Center.
PioneerKids will offer early drop-off to accommodate day shift hours, serving children from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Direct dependents of Pioneer employees (PioneerCare Center, Pioneer Cottages, Pioneer Pointe, and PioneerLink) will have priority placement. If capacity allows, PioneerKids may accept children from the greater community.
While PioneerKids will operate under a family-based license, it will offer many benefits of a center-based provider, such as adequate staffing to prevent closures due to provider vacation, training, and sick days.
Cooperative work scheduling will help accommodate employees’ childcare needs, for example, the possibility of splitting a “slot” between two employees who each work only 2-3 weekdays.
Employees will have easy access to their children during breaks or in case the parent or guardian is needed.
Children will have intergenerational opportunities for activities and socialization.