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Diane Schriefer wants to open 24 hour day care facility.

Salem City Council Gives Initial Approval to Low Interest Loan to Open New 24 Hour Daycare Facility

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem City Council has given first reading approval to a low interest revolving loan fund to help a new 24-hour a day daycare facility to open in the former Kid Care location at 802 North Marion.  Diane Schriefer, who currently operates a home daycare, is putting together plans for the new business that will be called Stars Daycare and Learning Center.  Several people, including Mimi Rapp of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, were on hand to support the request.

"Many of our parents do not have the ability to work 9-5. Many of our young parents are in the service industry, which entails alternative work hours." Rapp said, "And I'm not aware of any Daycare centers in the area who are open even into the evening."

Schriefer says the business could eventually have 18 employees.

"Rigth now we're licensed for 84 per shift. If we open another room, we may be allowed 8 to 12 more." Schriefer said.

Schriefer already has her key staff in place.  The council will be asked for final approval of the $75,000 to $83,000 low interest loan after costs of the project are finalized.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $174,000.  The rest of the funding will come from an $81,500 bank loan and $17,500 in equity.  City Manager Bill Gruen says having a 24 hour day care facility could be a good economic development tool.  

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