The deadline to participate in a survey on the Early Childhood Development Center at Shimer Square in Mount Carroll has been extended to Friday, March 3.

The City of Mount Carroll, in partnership with Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH), is asking for parents and/or primary child caretakers in and within a 30-minute radius of Mount Carroll to complete a short survey concerning your current and future childcare needs.

“The survey will take less than five minutes and your participation is a critical component for determining the feasibility of creating an Early Childhood Development Center at the Shimer Square campus at 203 E. Seminary St. in Mount Carroll,” said Beth Payne, senior vice president with GROWTH.

Information is being collected primarily through an online childcare needs assessment survey and phone interviews with parents living within a 30-minute radius of Mount Carroll.

Payne said information from the study will assist GROWTH and the City of Mount Carroll to determine if a new construction childcare center will meet the childcare needs of the region.

“The effort will be mutually beneficial in the retention of existing families having access to quality childcare while attracting and retaining talented workforce in the area,” said Payne.

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•Due to the amount of continued interest, the link will remain live through March 3.

The objective of the study is to provide a comprehensive picture of the current and forecasted demand for childcare services, the market for childcare in the area, potential childcare service types, and childcare center features. The market study will also serve as a method to attract a viable daycare operator.

GROWTH was awarded an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Shimer Square Job and Daycare Creation Project that will be used to help construct a new daycare facility on the campus. Total project costs exceed $1.8 million.

Pending the results of the survey, construction is anticipated to begin in 2023. The effort is also anticipated to create 27 jobs that are accessible to residents within the region.