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Church is to become a day-care center

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Hillsboro Community Child Care Committee Chair Tristen Cope, stressing the word “will,” said a committee is moving forward with acquiring the Trinity Mennonite Church building in Hillsboro for a child care facility.

“We’ve been working on this since January 2019,” Cope said. “We conducted surveys, conducted training, and recruited community partners. We meet at least once a month.”

In view of the dwindling number, the parish decided in December to find another use for the building. The congregation agreed to turn over the facility to the Child Care Committee on the understanding that church members could continue to meet there for as long as they wished.

The committee has five members: Cope, Family and Youth Development Advisor; Erin Hein of the Marion County Health Department; Max Heinrichs and Carla Harmon of the Hillsboro School District; and Anthony Roy, representing the Hillsboro Community Foundation.

Cope said a Child Care Awareness of Kansas database showed the county was meeting only 31% of its child care needs.

The committee is seeking community support to spread news about the new center and attract more partners. They plan to meet with businesses and others across the county to seek support.

Cope is confident that acquiring the building won’t take long.

“There are many steps to take to get approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Protection,” Cope said. “There are at least 100 pages of regulations, but it’s all for the health and safety of the children and the community.”

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