Krystal and Patrick Campbell of Sprouts Childcare and Early Education Center, LLC are moving forward with a project that will involve the construction of a 7,500 square foot child care center building in Stewartville, Minnesota’s Schumann Business Park. The center will have capacity for 99 children including 16 infant openings. The project will also involve the immediate creation of 15 full-time positions in the community.
At the beginning of 2017, CEDA team member Joya Stetson who serves the Stewartville EDA worked closely with community boards/organizations and local businesses to understand the expanding childcare needs of the growing community. The group initiated a survey that was distributed City-wide in addition to hosting a public forum which allowed residents, childcare providers, and support organizations to come together and discuss current demand as well as potential action items. Following this forum, discussions began with current in-home provider Krystal Campbell who has since finalized plans for her new center.
The City of Stewartville and its EDA have been supportive of the project, and have found ways to provide assistance. City Council and the EDA have unanimously approved a $50,000 low-interest loan for Sprouts Childcare and Early Education Center, LLC. People’s Energy Cooperative, the electric utility provider for the City, was also a major factor in this project’s development with the provision of a $125,000 loan.
Stewartville City Council has approved a purchase agreement with the Campbells for the land in the Schumann Business Park. The closing date is set for on or before February 1, 2018 with an anticipated opening date in Fall of 2018.
“The City is excited about this project,” said Mayor Jimmie-John King. “Although we have many excellent providers offering child care services in our community, there is still significant demand for more capacity. This new center will supplement the existing, high-quality services and assist our residents and businesses by offering additional, needed childcare slots.”