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Fairfield Lions Club donates 10K towards new child care facility

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 9:43 PM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Fairfield Lions Club is donating $10,000 towards the construction of a child care center in Jefferson County.

A celebration took place Monday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. The Lions Club recognized its 100th anniversary of volunteer work in the community. In honor of its 100th year, the club donated $10,000 to Jefferson County Kids for the construction of a child care center.

“It just seemed like this was the best option for Jefferson County to move ahead and to grow. People aren’t going to move to Fairfield if they don’t have providers to take care of their kids,” said Bob Keller, a member of the Lions Club.

Terri Kness is on the board for Jefferson County Kids. She said the area has been lacking child care for some time.

“We did a study years ago and we were short over 500 slots for daycare. And that was prior to another daycare actually closing in town,” Kness explained.

The center will be located near Jefferson County Health Center and will be able to house about 180 children.  Kness said the new child care center will have an emphasis on learning.

“Currently, we’re not doing an actual preschool. But we definitely will have curriculum that is very learning-oriented,” said Kness

There is no word yet on when the center will open; but Jefferson County Kids hopes to break ground by the end of the year.

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