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Northeast Iowa Child Learning Center Gets $500,000 Grant

A northeast Iowa child care and learning center has been awarded a half-million dollar grant from the Iowa Enhancement Board.

Thursday, over $5.1 million in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants were awarded to 16 projects across the state, including $500,000 to the Sunflower Discovery Center in Decorah. The CAT grant will help with the construction of a new facility with at least six themed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Music and Math) learning areas and a multi-purpose room for children’s programming, parties and small group gatherings.

The total cost of the building project is almost $3.5 million and will also include two large indoor play spaces to encourage large motor skill development, movement and recreation. The center will also serve as a storm shelter for the facility and will be open to the public during the evenings and weekends for an admission fee or membership.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities 

for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. 

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Mark Pitz

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