Tomorrow Is Built Today: Early Learning Center Capital Campaign
While affordable housing is a significant barrier to overcoming homelessness, obtaining affordable childcare is a major issue all of our families face. Local data shows the average cost of childcare in the Bozeman area averages $1,000 - $1,400 a month depending on the quality of care. Unfortunately, childcare facilities in Gallatin County only have the capacity to care for about 33% of children who need care. Between the cost of housing and the cost of childcare in Bozeman, we see time and time again that it is difficult for hardworking low-income families to get ahead in life.
To help address childcare needs in Bozeman, FPGV is building an early childhood learning center in the heart of Bozeman for infants and children from all economic backgrounds. We have an agreement with GMD Development who is donating land and is absorbing 35% of the cost of construction for our facility. We hired Rotherham Construction and Intrinsik Architecture to be our design/build team and have designed a building to provide quality care for 24 infants, 32 toddlers, and 40 preschool aged children (96 total children). The early child care facility will be open 7 days a week with extended hours and 70% of the families will receive scholarships, so they have an affordable option for care. The second floor of the building will hold the new FPGV Day Center, family support services, and administrative office all under one roof. This space will allow FPGV to increase the amount of families served who are experiencing homelessness, as we have outgrown our current location.