A ribbon cutting ceremony, signifying the opening of the Kids Kampus facility, took place the morning of Friday, October 10 at 1381 South Main.
During the event, Central Christian College President Hal Hoxie, together with Kids Kampus director Wanda Williams, shared some of the features of the facility, provided tours and answered questions for those in attendance.
With only two day care centers in town, Central made the decision to purchase one with a plan to double its size. The now expanded facility, with over 13,000 square feet, opened on October 6 and gave the center a licensed capacity of over 200 children. “We are excited God has blessed us to be able to double the openings for Kids Kampus care in the wonderfully renovated, state-of-the-art facility on CCC’s campus,” Hoxie said.
Kids Kampus provides for children ranging in age from six weeks to fifth grade, divided into three age groups, each of which has its own playground accessible directly from the classrooms.
Mayor Tom Brown added that the facility and its services will provide support for new families entering the community, allowing much needed opportunities for working parents: “When people move into town, they need child care,” he said. “This will provide for that need.”
Among other features, the facility will incorporate a secure access system, allowing parents to enter the building using an identification number. After entree they check in so that staff can see their names on remote screens in the classrooms and be made aware of their presence. In addition to this system, there is an intercom so that staff members can quickly and easily communicate between rooms and areas of the building.
The Kids Kampus staff of 35 members will be composed of several teachers, a nurse, a cook, and eight students from Central Christian College and McPherson College.
Hoxie believes that this development will be a great benefit for both the community and the college. “Central Christian College’s mission to provide a Christ-centered education for character aligns perfectly with caring for and training little people at Kids Kampus,” he said.