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Aug. 31, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Coffey

Groundbreaking held for early learning/daycare facility

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for a 2.7 million dollar new daycare and early learning facility at SSM health St. Francis Hospital. Nearly 70 percent of the project is funded through grants, donations and fundraising. Hospital President Michael Baumgartner says the groundbreaking is an important event for the hospital and community.

The new 14,200 square foot center doubles the capacity of the current building and could serve up to 136 children. Early Head Start through Community Services will open a learning program in the center for children from birth to age 3.

Students from Northwest Missouri State University seeking a new, four-year early childhood degree in education will be able to complete practicum hours at the center. A partnership with Maryville Parks and Recreation will also create a 100 percent barrier-free/inclusive playground which will be open to the public after hours and on weekends.

Construction is set to begin on September 11.