After more than five years of service to Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care, Program Director Dana Santini is moving on to a new opportunity with Oliver-Mercer Special Education. The board is grateful for Dana’s leadership, as she managed the center from start-up with limited funds and equipment, through unprecedented and seemingly impossible decisions driven by the pandemic, and ongoing staffing and financial challenges in the pandemic’s wake. She has pushed forward with grace, and continued to set a high-quality standard of care in a nurturing environment for the community’s precious children. The ECCCC board is seeking candidates to build on this legacy and efficiently lead theRead More →

        The journey of Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care from concept to reality is chronicled in an article, published in the March 2018 issue of Prairie Business Magazine. In the article, parents share why they worked so hard to make the project a reality, and their children’s experiences once the center opened. Read the article:  March 2018 Prairie Business It’s written by Basin Electric staff writer, Angela Magstadt. Basin Electric is a founding partner in the child care center, and sponsored the article in the magazine. Visit the Prairie Business website: Visit Basin Electric’s blog, where the article was also featured: Basin ElectricRead More →

The Hazen Chamber of Commerce has featured Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care in its “2018 Welcome to Hazen” publication. Thank you to Antoinette Heier, executive director of the Hazen Chamber, for sharing our story with new and prospective residents and visitors! Find the “2018 Welcome to Hazen” publication online here:  Read More →

The Economic Development Association of North Dakota held their awards luncheon at their 2017 Annual Conference in Williston on Oct. 19.  Vision West ND member Buster Langowski from Hazen Community Development (HCD) and Dale Johnson from Dakota Gasification Company accepted the 2017 Project of the Year award for the Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care (ECCCC). Buster Langowski of HCD wrote the nomination. Read it here.Read More →

In honor of Co-op Month, founding partner Basin Electric Power Cooperative highlighted Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care in an October 2017 news brief. Read the article here: Hazen child care center celebrates co-op month  Read More →

We need your help! Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care in Hazen. The swing sets in our play yard need a base of gravel beneath them. We need volunteers to help build the frames and move gravel. We’ll have the gravel and framing materials; please bring a shovel and work gloves. Parent Jon Dronen and board members Dale Johnson and Brad Zimmerman are coordinating the work. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from the community of Hazen!Read More →

We’re growing, so we’re hiring! Do you love kids? Do you like having your weekends free? We’re looking for full-time and part-time child care aides. variety of shifts and age groups. Call Dana at 748-3838 or email her at Visit our Employment page for a full position description and other information.Read More →

One constant need at any child care center, ours included, is BOOKS! Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care is holding a Usborne Books online book fair. The child care center will receive 50% of the purchases back in books. This online book fair is open until Aug. 15, 2017. Tara Bachmeier is our Usborne consultant. She can be reached at 701-390-7940. Shop online: More →

Exciting news! The entire community is invited to our open house Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT at our New Bethel Center in Hazen, ND. We’ll have food and games, and an USBorne Books fundraiser by Tara Bachmeier. Take a tour. Visit with staff and board directors. Learn how the community helped build the new child care center. Wondering if we’re a good fit for your family? Our open house is a great time to find out! We have spots available for ages toddler on up, not just for employees of our founding partners, but for all community members. Any families whoRead More →