Albion Child Care Project

The Town of Albion, in partnership with the Kendallville Day Care Center, and Thrive by 5,  are working together to increase the capacity of child care in Noble County. A formal proposal was submitted to the Albion town Council and Albion Redevelopment Commission to use between $500,000 and $750,000 of the town’s surplus TIF (Tax Increment Finance) funds to construct a new child care facility on Albion’s north side. This facility would provide space for up to 150 children, and could be a second location managed by the Kendallville Day Care Center (pending approval of the Center’s board). Additional funding sources, such as grants (OCRA Public Facilities Grant, READI 2.0, Private & Public Foundations), business investments and local donations, will be pursued to demonstrate the support of the community for these much-needed child care seats.

Further information on this project will be released as it becomes available.

Impact to community:

  • Data shows that there aren’t enough child care seats in the county for the children and families who need them.
  • Infants and toddler seats are needed the most
    • It is estimated that there are up to 1,558 infant and toddlers (ages 0-3)
    • We only have the capacity to serve about 7% of those in regulated full-time child care providers throughout Noble County (108 seats total)
  • This project will help ease the strain on:
    • Families by providing the care they need for their children and giving them a choice on the type of child care facility they want for their children
    • Employers by increasing the pool of candidates from which to build their workforce
      • Employers have noted that a lack of child care in Noble County has been a barrier to filling their open positions
      • Employers can assist employees with the cost of care through benefits or fees directly to a child care provider
    • Economy by creating more jobs and bringing additional revenue into the community
    • Early childhood educators who would have an additional choice in employer, which will help them grow in their profession
    • High School Students who are interested in ECE would have a training ground to develop more interest in ECE professions.