Ramsey County, like all communities across Minnesota and the country, is currently facing significant shortages in childcare options for young families. This is not a new issue families are experiencing, but one that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to stable childcare is a barrier to employment and returning to work for many Ramsey County residents. In response to this growing need Ramsey County Workforce Solutions and Think Small have created The Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy. Through the Academy, Think Small’s expert staff, in partnership with its community-based partners, will provide a unique combination of wrap around supports to people looking to get started in the field of early education and those needing additional supports and opportunities to remain in the field. These supports include business consultation, technical assistance, professional development, and wage subsidies.