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Early learning center to offer expanded opportunities

Work is proceeding on the foundation and footings of an expansion to Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s facility. Chris Young and Brian Corum of Precise Concrete of Kansas City were working at the site last week. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Work is proceeding on the foundation and footings of an expansion to Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s facility. Chris Young and Brian Corum of Precise Concrete of Kansas City were working at the site last week. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

By Sara Seidel/Richmond News Staff

For decades, Pam LaFrenz has heard a constant lament through her work with an area assistance agency: “We need quality child care.”

LaFrenz, executive director of Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, said the lack of facilities is especially true for infants and toddlers.

“Families with limited income haven’t had a lot available,” LaFrenz said. “They tell us, ‘We don’t have any place to put our babies.’”

That’s about to change.

Construction of the Richmond Early Learning Center is about to begin.

The center will join with Missouri Valley’s Family Resource Center, just outside the eastern city limits of Richmond, to provide even more services to Richmond residents. The family center offers energy assistance, family support and rental assistance, along with the Head Start program. The early learning center will expand the agency’s early childhood education component.

“Child care is really, really needed in Richmond,” LaFrenz said.

The existing family center houses two Head Start classrooms, each serving 20 children, whose families meet low-income requirements, LaFrenz said.

After some reorganization, one of those two classrooms will be left vacant, and plans call for using it has a child-care center, LaFrenz said. It will serve up to 10 preschoolers, whose parents will pay a fee for day care services.

The new early learning center will feature six rooms that can accommodate another 26 children: two rooms for infants and toddlers; two rooms for mobile toddlers; and two rooms for 2- to 3-year-olds. Some of the spots will be reserved for early Head Start children, and families will not have to pay for care. Other spots will be open on a sliding fee scale basis, and some families might qualify for subsidies, LaFrenz said.

The new building will be attached via a walkway to the existing building.

The complete story is in the Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 Richmond News.

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