May 17, 2022

Hays woman named Childcare Program Director at NWKS Economic Innovation Center

Posted May 17, 2022 10:30 AM
Dana Stanton
Dana Stanton

News release

NORTON — The Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center has announced that Dana Jo Stanton has been named the new Childcare Program Director for NWKEICI’s newest initiative.

According to NWKEICI Programs Director, Lucas Goddard, the Childcare Program Director will work alongside childcare centers and group homes across the 26 county region serviced by NWKEICI. “The primary objective of the position is to identify pinch points and support better business practices for childcare centers so that center directors can focus on the things they do best – taking care of children,” stated Goddard.

Stanton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, as for the past 17 years she has served as the Grants and Outreach Coordinator for USD 489 Early Childhood Connections based in Hays. 

In her previous position at Early Childhood Connections, Stanton’s numerous responsibilities included coordinating early childhood grant programs, supervising the Parents as Teachers program, and coordinating the Connections volunteer and work study programs, among other impressive duties.

Stanton recognizes the desperate need for quality childcare faced by so many Northwest Kansas families and looks forward to getting started in her new position. “I am excited to use my skills in early childhood, grant writing and communication to improve childcare in Northwest Kansas. Across the country, access to quality and affordable childcare is at crisis level proportions. Qualified providers are leaving the field in droves due to financial concerns and burn-out. The current childcare provider exodus leaves parents scrambling and desperate to find suitable care for their children,” Stanton explained.

NWKEICI is in the process of fully developing this new initiative and will provide more program details as they become available. Stanton’s position with EICI will begin in July. 

“Many major employers list childcare as the number one need for their employees.  Northwest Kansas is no exception to this nation-wide trend. It is my goal to work directly with our providers to identify and address common barriers to quality childcare. It is my goal to build upon the impressive programs already implemented by NWKEICI to build effective systems of support for childcare providers,” said Stanton.

Stanton is married to Northwest Kansas native Andy Stanton.  They have made their home in Hays since 2005.  They are the proud parents of Jackson, Gracie Jo and Gabriel.

To learn more about this initiative or with any questions, please contact NWKEICI by email at  [email protected]  or by phone at 785-874-5150.

About Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center

Based in Norton, NWKEICI provides economic and entrepreneurial assistance to businesses in rural Northwest Kansas. The private operating foundation serves 26 counties in the region with a variety of programs.

By working with existing businesses or entrepreneurs throughout the coverage area with targeted programs, NWKEICI strives to reverse the outflow of people and businesses from Northwest Kansas. Through its current and future initiatives that extend resources to these businesses and entrepreneurs, NWKEICI hopes to increase population and to foster economic innovation in Northwest Kansas.