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New Childcare Course In Newport Aims To Address Two Crises

Oregon Coast Community College

A new course on starting in-home daycare businesses in Newport aims to address two crises-- lack of childcare and a shortage of workers.



Misty Lambrecht told KLCC she doesn’t know anyone who’s not hiring. She coordinates the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. She’s observed the lack of workers affecting things like construction, hotels, and restaurants.

 “And so, I mentioned this at a County Commissioner’s meeting,” Labrecht said. “I said, how do we solve the crisis? And the answer was, very directly, we have a problem with childcare. I’m like, okay, we can solve childcare.”

So Lambrecht started a series of courses in childcare at OCCC.

“I just really hope that people get motivated and see that this is a very sustainable business model,” Lambrecht said.

Lambrecht said even if one childcare business gets started, that could free up to 10 people to seek employment.

The series will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the OCCC Central County Campus in Newport. 

To register, visit oregoncoast.edu/childcare-startups, or call 541-994-4166.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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