Governor Laura Kelly Highlights Importance of Child Care to Economic Development Success

LINDSBORG- Governor Laura Kelly stopped by the newly opened Lindsborg Child Development Center today as part of her Prosperity on the Plains economic tour. Expanding child care is a cornerstone of the Governor’s workforce and economic development efforts.

“When we invest in childcare and early education, the benefits are immediate and lasting,” Governor Kelly said. “Child care helps attract and retain a highly skilled workforce, brings business to the state, and improves the long-term well-being of our children. That’s exactly why Lindsborg made this investment in their community, and that’s why my administration has supported workers and child care centers across the state.

The Lindsborg Child Development Center is a public-private partnership created by the Strategic Alliance, a group of Lindsborg institutions and employers working to improve their community. In 2019, the Alliance identified the lack of childcare services as the main obstacle to the future development of the city and drew up plans to build a state-of-the-art daycare centre.

His mission was supported by Governor Kelly announcement in 2021, the Sprout House Learning Centre, which built the Lindsborg Child Development Centre, would receive community service tax credits to boost its fundraising efforts.

In June of this year, the newly constructed $3.1 million, 11,000 square foot facility opened.

“Quality child care is an essential part of helping our most vulnerable children get a good start in life,” Christy Clarkson, director of the Lindsborg Child Development Center, said. “In quality child care, children are safe and healthy. Families will benefit from staying connected with other families and improving the quality of family life.

“Child care is the cornerstone of our economic development plan,” Lindsborg deputy city administrator Lucas Neece said. “People can only do their best if they know their children are happy and safe. This investment is part of our invitation to young adults: Come build a prosperous future with us here in Lindsborg!

Governor Kelly has invested in child care as a critical component of workforce success and economic development. Earlier this year, she signed House Bill 2237, a bipartisan bill that extends child care tax credits to businesses that provide child care services to their employees. Also this summer, Governor Kelly announced $53 million in appreciation bonuses for eligible child care staff at licensed facilities.

Photos from this tour for media use can be found below:

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Sara H. Byrd