GCB Child Care Center has plenty of space, activities for the children it serves

CHAD THOMPSON

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Tyson Banister, 2, has some bubble fun at the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center recently.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Tyson Banister, 2, has some bubble fun at the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center recently.

GILMORE CITY — With plenty of space and activities for young ones, the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center, 402 S.E. E Ave., is flourishing, according to Wendy Herzberg, director of the center.

“I think what’s unique about this day care center is that we have so much room,” Herzberg said. “A lot of day care centers, for financial reasons, aren’t very large.”

The day care center is located on the west side of the Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary school building.

Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary is a 3-year-old preschool through sixth-grade school.

The school building once held high school and junior high classes.

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Rowan Enockson, 3, makes her way up the rock climbing wall at the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center recently.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Rowan Enockson, 3, makes her way up the rock climbing wall at the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center recently.

Rooms that were once used for those classrooms are now dedicated to each age group that the center serves.

The day care portion of the school provides care for birth through sixth grade.

“We have a room just for infants, a room for just 1-year-olds, a room for just 2-year-olds,” Herzberg said. “We can meet their needs better by having so much room.”

Space is something the day care didn’t always have, according to Herzberg.

The day care center started in 2005 across the street from the school in a double-wide trailer.

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Wendy Herzberg, director of the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center, comforts Erika Lynch, 3, during play time at the day care facility recently.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Wendy Herzberg, director of the Gilmore City-Bradgate Child Care Center, comforts Erika Lynch, 3, during play time at the day care facility recently.

Since moving into the school a few years ago, the center has increased the number of kids it serves by about 35, Herzberg said.

The day care center serves 102 children.

“It’s great for us and great for the community,” Herzberg said. “I think our increase is because of the strong staff and the facility. We couldn’t have had this many kids in our old location.”

Families from surrounding areas, including Pocahontas, Rolfe, and Humboldt, utilize the service.

Child care remains an issue in Fort Dodge and surrounding areas.

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