About Koochiching County
Koochiching County is on the far Northern edge of Minnesota and it shares a border with Canada. It covers a large area, but has only about 13,000 residents county wide. International Falls is the county seat and has the largest workforce and population. Primary industries are tourism and timber, with paper and fiber board being a major portion of the timber industries.
A lack of affordable child care is causing parents to opt out of the work force in the region. Shift work and school age care have been identified as being of critical importance. The child care shortage in Koochiching County is estimated to be 352 slots. Through the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, the community is working towards creating sustainable solutions that increase the supply of affordable and high quality child care.