A motivated new mother from Ogilvie with a background in business had an idea that recently hatched into reality. On Dec. 19, Vanessa Voss opened the doors to Little Chicks Childcare located at 201 Wall Street South in Onamia.

In an effort to spend more time with her one-year-old son, Vanessa made the leap to start her own childcare business. “How do we expect parents to go back to work when there isn’t reliable childcare?” Vanessa asked. “I wanted somewhere safe and reliable for my own child and figured I could spread that to other parents in need. There has been a lot of interest in it. Other providers have been turning people away because they’re full.”

Little Chicks Childcare is licensed and approved by the Onamia City Council. The new business is co-licensed with Vanessa’s sister-in-law Monica Voss, who has over 10 years of experience in childcare and four children of her own.

Vanessa received her associates in business management from Rassmusen St. Cloud and a bachelors in human resource management from Colorado State University - Global Campus. In addition, she has eight years of experience as a training manager and director for credit union and a massage parlor. She is currently taking classes to continue her education.

As for Monica, she received her childcare specialist diploma from Rassmusen. “I’ve worked anywhere from the YMCA to Someplace Special in Princeton,” Monica said.

With their combined qualifications, Vanessa is confident Little Chicks Childcare will provide an atmosphere that is nurturing and educational for children.

“Little Chicks doesn’t discriminate based on financial creed, and our overall goal is to provide our hardworking parents in the community an extra hand with their childcare needs. What people are paying for is the curriculum and the renovated structure and Monica’s expertise,” Vanessa said. “We also strive towards continuous improvement, so our services are only going to improve.”

Enrollment is now open, and interested parents should inquire about rates. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Early morning hours are by appointment only for now, and drop-ins are accepted.

Little Chicks Childcare can serve up to 14 children, ranging from six weeks old to 12 years old. Curriculum is based on age and ability. Before and after school programs are available, as well as weekly part-time and full-time service. Nutritional meal options including lots of vegetables and fruit are offered.

The 5,000 square foot building previously known as the grocery store Northern Necessities has been renovated into Little Chicks Childcare. There is a large play area and an area sectioned off for younger children, as well as a fenced in play area outside. A swing set will be installed in the spring. Construction should be finished within the next year and a half, Vanessa said.

In the future, Vanessa would like to turn the business into a complete center equipped with enough classrooms for different age groups – given there is enough interest and need within the community.

“With a new facility, education-based lesson plans and nutritious meals, Little Chicks Childcare is a great solution for your childcare needs,” Vanessa said.

Visit Little Chicks Childcare, LLC on Facebook or call (320) 532-3054.

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