Wisconsin DCF, WEDC secretaries visit Viroqua to talk child care

Posted on Jul 1, 2022 by Education

Department of Children and Family (DCF) Secretary Emilie Amundson and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes visited Viroqua, June 15, to meet with local Project Growth grant recipients — Viroqua Area Schools and Driftless Development, Inc., of Prairie du Chien — to discuss how the program is supporting innovative solutions and helping solve the challenges facing Wisconsin’s child care system, as well as bolstering the state’s economy.

VAS received a $75,000 Dream Up! Child Care Supply-Building grant, which focuses on building child care supply through a collaborative community approach. VAS will receive strategic planning support, along with the grant funding.

VAS District Administrator Tom Burkhalter said Sharon Engh was hired as the center’s director, and the school district has met with HSR Associates, Inc. and Miron Construction to look at concrete ideas on how to reshape the 11,000-square-foot building. He said the new timeline looks to have construction beginning in August and finishing in February; with the center opening at the beginning of March.

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