LAIC receives $1 Million grant for childcare facility in Madison

The Lake Area Improvement Corporation has received a 1 million, 20 thousand dollar Community Development Block Grant, to help fund construction of a new child care center in Madison. The Block Grants are federal money that is administered through the state of South Dakota. To be eligible for the grant the LAIC sent out income surveys to area residents, which had to be completed and returned in order to be eligible. LAIC Executive Director Brooke Rollag said that was a difficult process. 

The grant money will go directly to construction costs for a new 14,000 square foot child care facility, to be built on the city’s property along North Highland Avenue where there is currently a small baseball diamond.


Rollag says there is not a definitive timeline for construction at this time. 

In November of last year the LAIC announced a partnership with EmBe, a childcare and education services company, to administer the new facility once it is complete. Rollag says that partnership is a key component of the plan. 

The new child care facility is expected to accommodate up to 140 children. Once completed, the facility will be owned by the LAIC, and operated by EmBe.