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Christ United Methodist Church set to open all-day childcare center to meet community needs

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Christ United Methodist Church is hoping to address the need for affordable childcare in Rochester, especially for infants.

Thrive Childcare and Family Resource Center is set to open its doors in September and will be an all day child care facility. It is funded by the church but will eventually operate independently.

Thrive is currently under construction and will be located below the main level at the church. The church decided to use the empty space to meet one of the needs of the community.

 "The issue that we thought we could touch most powerfully was the issue of a scarcity of excellent child care," said Church Lead Pastor Elizabeth Macaulay.

Three years ago, church leaders learned through a feasibility study that there is a large need in Rochester for infant care.

"There are 1,600 children on a waiting list for subsidized childcare," said Macaulay.

"We are all very excited about being able to offer some more infant slots in Rochester, which are in such high demand and usually fill up as soon as they open," said Thrive Executive Director Tanya Goretzki.

Thrive will not be faith based, so people of all religions and backgrounds can benefit.

"It's a really hard job being a parent, and one of the things that sort of eases their mind a little bit is having a really great place to send their children for some early childhood, great early childhood experience," said Goretzki. "And we want that to be this place for them."

The childcare center's hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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