Until its closure in 2017, Nokomis Childcare Centers filled an important role in the Fargo-Moorhead community for over 45 years.
Nokomis was founded in 1971 by the Fargo-Moorhead Indian Association to respond to a lack of affordable, quality, and educational childcare. Its population grew to include families, with a special focus on those with financial difficulties or behavioral, developmental, or physical issues. In 2006, Nokomis became a part of The Village Family Service Center. The Village proudly carried on the mission of Nokomis, operating two childcare centers for 11 years.
In 2017, the congregation of First Lutheran Church voted to expand the footprint of the building by 30,000 square feet. With that expansion came the opportunity to dedicate15,000 square feet to accommodate a childcare facility.
Given the strong name recognition, community legacy, and a call to continue the work of Nokomis, First Lutheran is proud to adopt and uphold the standard of excellence the name “Nokomis” carries.