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Kinders of the woods

On a recent morning in the Twin Lakes area, a group of kids climbed a root wad, pretending it was an engine. They walked under devil's club and through ferns, looking for blueberries. They dug in a creek to see what treasures they could find.
Proposed ordinance would remove barrier to childcare centers in homes

In a move to grow the shrinking child care pool in the capital city, homeowners who want to start facilities in their houses will no longer have to seek a permit from the city if a proposed ordinance is successful.
Family Fishing Day happening June 13

The public is invited this year's annual Family Fishing Day at the Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 at Twin Lakes. The emphasis for this popular, free community event is family, fishing and fun.
Child care crisis discussion gains focus

A group of residents who came together to brainstorm solutions for Juneau's child care woes are seeking a megaphone for their shouts.
Support group changes location, time

Starting this month, the Beyond Baby Blues support group for pregnant and new mothers experiencing sadness or anxiety will meet the second Saturday every month at Harborview Elementary School. Sessions are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Empire Editorial: Daycare proposal is a good start to fixing persistent problem

On Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission voted in favor of a proposed ordinance that will remove a significant hurdle for new childcare businesses here.
Daycare: Juneau's new crisis

Move over, affordable housing. There's a new crisis in town.
Thanks for supporting early literacy in Southeast Alaska

The Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) recently held their annual Early Childhood Education Conference in Juneau on the theme of lyrics, language...
Nonprofits get $1M from Hope Fund

Fifteen local nonprofits will receive over $1 million from the Juneau Hope Endowment Fund through the Juneau Community Foundation. Recipients were excited to get the news on Tuesday.
A short-term fix with potential long-term problems

Melinda Messmer reaches into a large blue tote to pull out a wooden block, and another, and another. She also extracts some dinosaurs. She's a little bit like Mary Poppins, but her official title is Parent Educator.
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