WATERLOO — Friendship Village spent the previous 50 years serving to senior residents take pleasure in their golden years.
However a brand new venture beneath development on the Waterloo retirement group’s campus is concentrated on serving to these on the reverse finish of the generational spectrum.
It Takes A Village Childcare, anticipated to open in July at West Ninth Avenue and Park Lane, will present 24-hour baby look after as much as 105 youngsters ages 5 and youthful.
Friendship Village President and CEO Lisa Gates stated the venture will profit the retirement group’s staff, residents and a complete Cedar Valley now scuffling with an recognized scarcity of kid care.
“This has been a dream I’ve had for about 15 years,” stated Gates, who bought the concept after visiting an identical facility in southern Iowa. “I actually noticed the advantages for each generations.”
It Takes A Village Childcare may have a scheduled common interplay between the kids and seniors residing at Friendship Village.
Sherry Turner, director of compliance and schooling, famous research have proven advantages to having the 2 generations mingle. Seniors get extra bodily and psychological exercise from the interplay.
“It offers them objective,” Turner stated. “There’s different amenities which have finished it, and it’s confirmed to be a superb addition to senior communities.”
The kid care facility additionally makes good enterprise sense to Friendship Village, which is amongst employers competing to draw and retain a piece pressure.
“How can we preserve good staff and the way can we entice these staff?” Gates stated. “I knew (15 years in the past) that our workers was having problem discovering baby care or couldn’t come to work once they have a sick child at dwelling.
“Many individuals have gone out of the work pressure as a result of there isn’t a place for his or her youngsters,” she added.
It Takes A Village Childcare is predicted to have a sick room and can present care throughout all three shifts. Roughly half the kid care spots are anticipated for use by Friendship Village staff with the remainder open to the group at massive.
Jay Nardini, who chairs the Friendship Village board, stated he was on board with the venture from the beginning.
“When Lisa raised the likelihood I instantly thought it was an important concept, not just for the group due to the shortage of kid care that we’ve, but in addition for the workers,” he stated.
Nardini can be president of the Hawkeye Neighborhood Faculty board of trustees, which is tackling comparable points with the opening of a 56-spot baby care middle within the new downtown Van G. Miller Grownup Studying Middle.
“Youngster care must be handy and must be reasonably priced,” he stated.
The 7,000-square-foot constructing is predicted to value roughly $900,000 and is being constructed on land Friendship Village already owned. The Friendship Village Basis granted $300,000 for the venture, and extra grants are being sought to assist defray the associated fee.
Mayor Quentin Hart and the Larger Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber ambassadors gathered on the positioning Wednesday to rejoice the beginning of the venture.
“Oftentimes we hear those that speak about all the issues we’ve,” Hart stated. “How sensational it’s to see a barrier after which work to deal with that barrier.”
The kid care middle is a part of the thrill surrounding Friendship Village this 12 months.
Pals of Religion Retirement Houses Inc., which opened Friendship Village in 1968, is hoping in 2019 to start the primary part of a $70 million venture to reconstruct its unique impartial residing residences and expert nursing middle. The beginning date relies on the variety of models pre-sold.
It Takes A Village Childcare is accepting employment functions on the 600 Park Lane workplace. Questions on daycare openings might be made by calling 291-8110.