Basin Electric helps establish child care center in Mercer County


Kayla Olson and her daughter, Adeline, attend an Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care meeting. Olson represents Coal Country Community Health Centers on the co-op’s board.

For working parents, finding the right child care is one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Entrusting your child to someone is a huge leap of faith to begin with, but when there is a lack of child care in the area where you live, it makes going to work difficult, and sometimes even impossible.

A recent study has shown a deficiency of nearly 300 child care spaces in Mercer County, and according to the study, this will increase by more than 20 percent by 2025. Because of Basin Electric’s dedication to community and its employees, it took the bull by the horns and set out to remedy this problem – and do it quickly.

Plans for a child care center in Mercer County began less than a year ago, and before long, seven other area employers joined Basin Electric in forming a cooperative that would own and operate a child care facility in Hazen.

Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care, the nonprofit entity establishing the facility, has already made some great strides in its development, including naming a board of directors and securing a location – the former New Bethel Congregational Church.

“This location was just perfect,” says Erin Huntimer, project coordinations representative for Basin Electric. “Members of the church wanted to leave a lasting legacy in the community, so knowing the building will still be filled with kids and life makes this a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Read the rest of the story in the November/December issue of Basin Today: Basin Electric helps establish child care center in Mercer County.

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