Expansion of the Great Plays Daycarein New Hampton is scheduled to begin today.
The center was recently awarded an “Investing in Iowa Childcare” grant of almost $750,000, which Director Amy Ameling says will allow them to serve more families and move into a new home at First United Methodist Church.
Ameling says the new location also allows them to expand their curriculum, which will be reflected in their new name, Little Sprouts.
Ameling says the grant stipulates they must spend their money within six months.
Ameling says Great Plays Daycare currently serves 54 kids and the expansion can accommodate 97. While that is an increase of 43, Ameling says she has 74 kids on a waiting list, which underlies the need for daycare across the state.