The City of Fairmont, located in South Central Minnesota has a total population of 10,593. Fairmont provides an array of recreation, educational, and health care services supporting a regional service area population of over 20,000 and is the county seat for Martin County.
According to the labor market profile, the county is experiencing a rapid increase in industrial job creation. It has been estimated that in the next year more than 557 people will move to the City of Fairmont for employment purposes and may enroll their children in local licensed child care.
It is estimated that the city of Fairmont has a shortage of 66 child care slots at this time. The county wide child care shortage is approximately 152 slots. In efforts to prepare for the increase in positions available and the influx of new residents, the City of Fairmont through the Rural Child Care Innovation Program is working towards creating sustainable solutions that increase the supply of affordable and high quality child care.