Community meting for child care center set for Sept. 27

The Hillsboro Community Child Care Center (H4C) will be holding a community meeting for the public at the Trinity Mennonite Church at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. The H4C Board will be giving an update on their progress to establish a child care center in Marion County. “A majority of the questions we have received has been around our timeline and when the center will open,” said Tristen Cope. The H4C Board has been working hard on their goal to open the center by the Spring of 2024 but recognizes the project is dependent on funding and construction timelines. One grant H4C is applying for is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Kansas Department of Commerce. The grant is due in early 2023 and awarded in March. CDBG have to be awarded to units of government, so the City of Hillsboro will assist H4C in the securement of the grant. Although the minimum match is $150,000, the board’s target is a 50/50 match of $600,000. If awarded, H4C would receive $1.2 million to complete a significant portion of the remolding. Because H4C is a 501 (c) (3), they can accept donations, and those donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be made through the Hillsboro Community Foundation. The public can stay informed on events by visiting the Hillsboro Community Child Care Center Facebook Page. For questions, please email

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