Council invests in childcare with approval of former Wee Folks building rehabilitation

Decatur, IL – On Monday night the Decatur City Council approved an investment of COVID funds to help create much-needed childcare openings. Approximately $730,000 in Community Development Block Grant-Covid (CDBG-CV) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to rehabilitate the former Wee Folks building at 1170 Orchard Street. Once the rehab is complete and up to DCFS childcare standards, a private childcare operator plans to open and immediately offer 250 childcare openings, with plans to expand to a 24-hour facility with three shifts of 250 childcare openings per shift. Read more in the full news release