Country Maid Receives State Grant to Add Childcare Spots

–An area business will receive grant funding through the state to make it easier for their employees to find childcare. Country Maid in West Bend will receive nearly $160,000 as a part of the Child Care Business Incentive Grant program. 

Governor Kim Reynolds announced the awards Tuesday, totaling over $26.6 Million to support 23 different projects. Of that total, $25.9 million will go to 19 different plans to address infrastructure projects, while the remaining funds will go to four projects to support agreements between businesses and local centers to create more childcare slots. 

Country Maid will use their grant funding to partner with the Wolverine Den in West Bend to fully fund 14 childcare slots for at least 3 years, to increase the number of spots available for the children of their employees. The Wolverine Den is the only licensed daycare provider in the community, and they will expand hours to meet the needs of Country Maid’s manufacturing employees.  

The goal of the partnership is to provide full-time and back-up childcare options for Country Maid employees while reducing the financial burden and emotional strain finding reliable childcare. They are also hopeful that this will allow Country Maid employees to perform at optimal levels and have a better work/home life balance, while also reducing absenteeism and turnover.