The need for quality and affordable childcare is everywhere, but on the north side of Des Moines it is very urgent. Roughly half of the students entering Kindergarten each fall are not Kindergarten ready and in many ways never catch up to their peers. In order to operate a DHS licensed center and be a United Way partner agency, the facility needs to be brought up to all the necessary codes. It is critical that money is raised to get the sprinkler and fire alarm systems and the grease trap installed in the very near future to keep the project timeline on target. Plans call for a birth to 5 year old center to be fully operational by the end of summer 2019.