For those who follow our Believe in Southwest Blog, you know that most often, I take a truly regional approach to stories and topics shared. With that in mind, I hope you’ll allow me to share something on the more personal side—I’m a new grandmother!
My son and daughter-in-law have brought a wonderful addition into our family with the birth of their daughter. This is a first for my family and we’re feeling truly blessed. And “YES!” to all my friends and colleagues who said it would change my life forever – you are right! Words cannot describe the joy, excitement and all the emotions of what our granddaughter’s birth has done to our hearts.
I believe it was President Abraham Lincoln who said leaders should always hold an infant when they have a big decision to make. I wonder how my new granddaughter will impact my future decisions. I believe it will be a very positive impact!
This journey brings with it some new perspectives. I’m especially reminded of the conversation our Board of Directors had at our last meeting in Slayton as we talked about the focus of SWIF’s Early Childhood Initiative. Access to quality child care was the number one concern shared by our board when asked what they were hearing in the region as challenges connected to early childhood. While SWIF is not directly involved in solving this issue, it’s certainly one that is important to employers, communities and families in southwest Minnesota.
Our Early Childhood Initiative coalitions have been working in our regional community for nearly 10 years. What are some of the ways a local coalition has impacted young children in your community? We want to hear your stories! And we love pictures!