by Karin L. Nauber

A regional family child care licensing collaborative including Region 5, Sourcewell and many of our local health and human services agencies has been honored with a first place award recognizing their innovation in helping to create system-wide consistency and “ultimately, assisting families in finding and securing quality child care” by the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Region 5+ received the Local Government Innovation Award, county category for the initiative which is sponsored by Sourcewell.

Each year the university recognizes 19 local government projects that demonstrate innovation and collaboration.  

A panel of judges considered submissions for their creativity, sustainability and collaboration. . . .

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The Region 5+ Family Child Care Licensing Collaboration received the first place Local Government Innovation Award, county category. Pictured left to right: Dr. Chad Coauette, Executive Director, Sourcewell; Tanya Leskey, Director of Wadena County Social Services; Paul Drange, Director of Regional Programs, Sourcewell; Michelle Tautges, Regional Licensing Specialist, Sourcewell; Greg Zylka, Sourcewell Board of Directors, City of Little Falls Mayor; Michele Piprude, Director of Cass County Health