ICYMI: Governor Kelly Breaks Ground on New Child Care Facility in Great Bend

KEY QUOTE: “Simply put, if we want to keep our economy growing, we need to support abundant and affordable child care for our expanding workforce. Investing in child care services is one of the smartest ways to recruit new workers and businesses to increase productivity by reducing employee turnover and absenteeism while simultaneously supporting Kansas children,” said Governor Kelly.

Ground broken for new day care
Dale Hogg, Great Bend Tribune
July 20, 2023

  • The culmination of a project two years in the making, Great Bend Economic Development Thursday morning broke ground for Advancing Barton County Childcare’s new day care center at Farmers Plaza on the corner of 10th Street and K-96. The event also provided the opportunity for GBED to announce the site of its second childcare Barton County facility, in Hoisington with the cooperation of USD 431.
  • “My vision for my first term as well is to make Kansas the best place in the country to live and raise families,” Gov. Kelly said. “Providing child quality child care services is fundamental to that goal, devoting resources to early childhood development and care is the smartest investment in making sure children get a strong start and it sets them up for long term success.”
  • In late June, it was announced that the center was one of 52 organizations statewide to share in more than $43 million as part of the Child Care Capacity Accelerator grant program, and would receive $2.23 million. The funding came through the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.