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Caring Hands to hold open house

The public is invited to attend an open house at Caring Hands Child Care in Blackduck from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. of Bemidji has operated Caring Hands out of a rented facility for 11 years.

Caring Hands Child Care is a licensed non-profit child care facility serving the Blackduck and surrounding area with quality child care services for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children (ages 6 weeks to 12 years). Caring Hands partners with the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs to provide exceptional care with qualified teachers.

USDA Rural Development recently awarded Bi-CAP an $82,000 grant and a $68,000 loan to purchase the Caring Hands Child Care building outright. Bi-CAP is most appreciative of this funding.

Due to USDA's generosity in funding the purchase of the facility, Bi-CAP was able to continue to offer child care, Head Start and Early Head Start services to 49 children in the region.

"Day care and early childhood programs help build stronger and more sustainable rural communities," said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. "This is an investment that will continue paying off in the Blackduck region well into the future."

The project was funded using USDA Rural Development's community facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation.