Child care center gets DDA grant for upgrades

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The Antlers Place Center, a downtown child care center opened by the Junior League in 1953, has been extensively refurbished.

A $6,500 grant from the Downtown Development Authority covered part of the costs for the building sign and painting.

The $150,000 renovation included new windows, roof, flooring, stairs, exterior resurfacing, landscaping and playground equipment.

In the region, child care and early education bring $413 million in annual economic impact, according to the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments.

Early Connections Learning Center, a nonprofit that runs Antlers Place, has provided working families with child care since 1897.

Currently, the center cares for more than 500 children per day at its four centers, three school-age sites and its network of family child care homes that are part of the Early Learning Ventures Alliance.

A grand re-opening takes place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 108 Antlers Place, behind the Antlers Hilton Hotel.