Fargo Monthly September 2020

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Executive Director and Founder Rhoda Elmi with her husband Abdikarim.

jasmin childcare Give us a brief history (or origin story) of your business. How did the business start, goals, etc.? While visiting a friend in Fargo I was introduced to the community here and the concern over a shortage of multicultural childcare services in Fargo. After doing much research and talking with Child Care Aware and Cass County, it came clear to us that there was a need for an early education program that could adapt to the diverse population of the F-M area. I started the process of opening a child care center that would meet the growing need for multicultural early support for children. I wanted to prepare children to succeed in school by giving them the skills to excel among their peers. Jasmin Child Care and Preschool’s goal is to embrace diversity and ensure every child has the necessary tools and resources to succeed academically regardless of their socioeconomic status. Jasmin Child Care and Preschool opened its doors in November of 2015. This year we officially started operating with our non-profit status to better serve our community. We strive to support low-income families to ensure that barriers would be minimized. 54 | SEPTEMBER 2020 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM


Tell Us About Your Business In A Few Sentences. Jasmin Child Care and Preschool is a North Dakota Quality rated Child Care and Preschool. We seek to provide quality, affordable early childhood education for children of the F-M area. Our preschool seeks to prepare the children for kindergarten. Our center provides a unique opportunity to provide direct services to families that need them. Our staff speaks six different languages which help with connecting with children who have a language barrier. This work is about helping the community. Without childcare, many families cannot work and make a living to support their families. We came here to help people. What kind of services/products does your business offer citizens of Fargo-Moorhead? We provide childcare for children ages six weeks to 12 years. We have infant, toddler, preschool and after school programs. We work closely with other organizations to provide quality programs and provide services for eye and developmental screenings. We also work with Job services to give work experience to those who