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Bob Cox | review review

The Montgomery County Community Foundation, Montgomery County Commissioners and the City of Crawfordsville are seeking additional partnerships to build a high quality early learning center for the community.

High quality supplemental child care seats are essential for families, employers and the community. The Montgomery County Early Learning Center is an investment opportunity that will support the community’s greatest asset: our children.

The site of this new facility is the former county office building at 110 W. South Blvd. The County Commissioners met with the MCCF and unanimously agreed the building would be suitable for a new day care center and county officials donated the site to MCCF for this purpose.

With renovations and additions, the proposed 14,000 square foot facility will provide approximately 125 child care seats for infants through age five. The estimated cost of constructing this facility is $3.7 million. The building will be owned by MCCF and they will partner with a high quality supplier to operate the facility. The Center is scheduled to open in spring 2024. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2023,

To date, the following companies and organizations have pledged their partnership in this endeavor: Early Learning Indiana, City of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County Commissioners, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Lakeside Book Company, Nucor, Tempur Sealy, and Tri-County Bank and Trust.

Additional funding is needed for this vital project. Donations can be made to MCCF, PO Box 334, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or visit www.mccf-in.org to donate online and choose the Montgomery County Early Learning Center Fund.

More detailed information on the proposed early learning center can be found at www.mccf-in.org. To learn more about how you can partner and support this project, contact Kelly Taylor, MCCF, at 765-362-1267 or kelly@mccf-in.org.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match every dollar donated up to $500,000.

The foundations have been laid, and much time and effort has been devoted, to improving the quality of local programs and strengthening supports for local programs in the area of ​​early childhood education.

Current daycare educators are committed to providing high quality education and support. However, the fact remains that more high-quality seats are needed in Montgomery County because we are only able to serve 11% of our children under five with high-quality care.

This serious problem also affects employers, as the lack of available and affordable quality childcare services prevents parents from seeking and keeping employment, and leads to work disruptions such as employee absences and turnover. Lack of access to child care costs Montgomery County businesses $7.9 million a year.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, Montgomery County Commissioner’s Chairman John Frey and Taylor all spoke about the importance of quality child care as a component of economic development during the kickoff. Thursday fundraiser mailing.

“Child care is an economic development issue,” Taylor said. “Childcare is seen as infrastructure like roads and bridges.

Barton said those who give make an important investment in children’s lives.

“We are investing in the future of Montgomery County children,” Barton said. “This project is made up of many people coming together to make positive things happen.”

The MCCF has identified work in this area as a top strategic initiative and a top grantmaking priority. Using a proactive approach, MCCF began looking for opportunities to increase the number of child care spaces in the community, with a focus on innovative and creative solutions. After months of discussions and planning, this transformative project for the community, and more importantly, for the children, is now underway.


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