Ground broken for low-income childcare program in Springfield

Hampden County
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Ground was broken Monday for a new childcare program in Springfield that will serve low-income families.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the Educare Springfield will serve 141 children with a full-day, year-round program. 

The release said the program will target the children’s education needs as well as other needs their families may have. 

The 26,000 square-foot program will be built in the Old Hill Neighborhood near the Elias Brookings Elementary School. 

Educare Springfield is scheduled to open by the fall of 2019.

The new facility will create 110 construction jobs, 46 existing Head Start jobs, and another 10 jobs within two years after opening. 

The program has already received two separate $1 million grants, one from the Department of Early Education and Care and one from the Baker-Polito Administration.

The program will be the 25th Educare Learning Network in the country, and the first one in the state of Massachusetts. 

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