FCF’s Minnesota team is co-located in our national headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. As the oldest state office, the Minnesota team has developed alongside the national vision for our organization. Programs and services have been continuously been offered across Minnesota since our founding in 1991.

Today, Minnesota’s team members can be found in every region of the state, serving child care business clients and communities in rural areas, population centers and the Twin Cities metro area. Although the need for excellent child care exists in every community, the Minnesota team recognizes the need for a diversity of approaches to serve rural child care businesses, BIPOC entrepreneurs, and community partners.

Apply for a Child Care Facility Revitalization Grant! Or, register for upcoming Minnesota Trainings and Business Leadership Cohorts!

Featured Success Story

FCF’s Minnesota team has been focusing on building sustainable supply of child care across Greater Minnesota. Read more to learn about how our efforts are helping to stabilize child care businesses in Wadena County.

Wadena County became one of five rural Minnesota communities awarded the opportunity to participate in the Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP) in 2019. Over the course of two years, the RCCIP program is designed to develop solutions to increase the supply of high quality affordable child care in the county.

FCF Impacts Wadena County Child Care Supply

“The future vitality of our local economy depends on the availability of reliable, quality child care. Without it, businesses will struggle to attract and retain employees and families will move from our communities to areas that are better equipped to meet their needs. We need to treat child care providers as essential service providers for our community who deserve our full support.”

Katie Heppner
Executive Director, West Central Economic Development Alliance

New child care slots created in 2020
Child care jobs created or preserved in 2020
MN participants in business training during the pandemic
9 Million
In Grants have been awarded state wide

How we can help

Partner with us and take immediate steps towards achieving:

  • Financial growth and stability,
  • An efficient and rewarding workplace for you and your staff, and
  • Care that’s tailored to the needs of local families, employers, and your community.


Our Areas Of Expertise

Partner with us and take immediate steps towards achieving:

  • Business Practices & Policies
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Managing Enrollment
  • Marketing


Meet Our Regional Team

Suzanne Pearl

Minnesota Director
Direct: 612-223-7215

Crystal Ballard

Program Specialist - Minnesota
Direct: 651-309-4188

Jessica Beyer

Associate Minnesota Director
Direct: 320-288-2652

Candace Cegla

Business Development Manager – Minnesota
Direct: 320-288-2698

Pam Chapman

Grants Manager
Direct: 612-439-1923

Dana Ellingson

Business Development Specialist - Minnesota/Twin Cities Metro Region
Direct: 612-294-0054

Tiffany Grant

Business Development Manager - Minnesota
Direct: 612-279-6503

Taylor Hamilton

Program Specialist
Direct: 612-445-7082

Meghan Hanson

Grants Specialist
Direct: 612-445-8246

Maalik Hussein

Grants Specialist
Direct: 206-422-4971

Michele Hutchinson

Business Development Specialist - Northwest Region
Direct: 218-288-2601

Huda Kahin

Business Development Specialist – Minnesota/Twin Cities Metro Region
Direct: 612-223-7223

Shelly Kunz

Business Development Specialist – Minnesota
Direct: 507-218-2265

Trisha Lien

Business Development Manager - Minnesota
Direct: 320-288-2775

Linda Mathiasen

Business Development Specialist – Minnesota/West Central Region
Direct: 320-444-1523

Susan Newell

Business Development Specialist

Gina Porter

Grants Specialist - Minnesota
Direct: 612-444-7144

Marilu Plamann

Business Development Specialist
Direct: 612-504-7518

Jessica Richards

Business Development Specialist – Southeast Region
Direct: 612-504-6690

Stephanie Sanvig

Business Development Specialist – Minnesota/Central Region
Direct: 612-473-4542

Maura Trout

Program Specialist
Direct: 612-429-0847

Patricia Welsch

Business Development Specialist - Minnesota/Northeast Region
Direct: 612-223-7207