A special thank you to our 2022 Grantee Partner, Community Early Childhood Center, for writing this guest blog and sharing more about their work.

In November of 2020, our child care center began an expansion project to increase our licensed capacity from 151 children up to 207.

We applied for, and received, a Community Development Block Grant totaling $600,000. We then kicked off a capital fundraising campaign to raise the necessary funds to start construction.

In June of 2021, we broke ground on a 4900 square foot addition to our building. Over the past year we have added 4 classrooms, an office, a bathroom and several storage areas. Our expansion project came with a $1.39 million price tag. To date, we have raised 92% of our total needed. We are still fundraising and hope to make our total without having to take on a mortgage.

We have had amazing support from area businesses, individuals, foundations and groups. We have written and received a handful of grants to go toward our project. We were lucky enough to receive two federal grants that helped us both furnish the new classrooms and update the existing ones.

We are truly appreciative of all the donations/grants we have received so far, including two from the Iowa Women’s Foundation, allowing us to increase the number of child care slots available in our area. Child care is in high demand with a very low number of spaces to be utilized. We hope these additional 56 spots will help several families in need of quality, affordable child care.