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Rural Communities

  • 1.  Rural Communities

    Posted 01-28-2019 10:18 PM
    Hi  - My name is Stacey Plane and I am a Director/Principal.  I am looking to reach out to those in rural areas.  Looking to share ideas with those who are faced with rural and economic challenges and ways to continue to offer support to children, families, and teachers.

    Stacey Plane
    Marsh School
    Monte Vista CO

  • 2.  RE: Rural Communities

    Posted 01-30-2019 07:54 AM
    Hi Stacey,

    I am a program coordinator in rural southwestern Minnesota also wanting to connect to other rural programs.  This weekend I am facilitating a Rural Perspectives round table discussion at our state naeyc conference.  Some of our topics for discussion will include the staffing crisis and how we are impacted by finding educated quality staff, setting boundaries in a small town program, and the challenges of attending in person trainings.  Economically our area is doing well in supporting early childhood programming for all children to bridge the opportunity gap, but without staff to work in programming we struggle.

    Ida Gatfield
    Cardinal Kids' Club
    Redwood Falls MN