Tracy Kid’s World Awarded USDA Funding for New Facility

May 4, 2007 Issues: Economy and Jobs

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced that Tracy Kid’s World has been awarded a $100,000 grant, and a $1.12 million loan from USDA Rural Development to build a new daycare facility in Tracy, Minn.  

“Working families in the Tracy area will now have another great option for childcare,” Peterson said. “Expanding childcare options are critical to rural communities that seek to attract families.”  

Louise Noomen, who spearheaded this project while working for the Tracy Economic Development Authority, said that one of the first questions asked by new employees moving to the Tracy area, or by employers wishing to expand, was typically about the availability of childcare in the community.   

“The Tracy EDA recognized that if additional childcare could be provided for working families it would be an important part of the overall picture when looking at economic development in our community and the surrounding area,” said Noomen.  

Noomen is now employed by Tracy Kid’s World as the Director. The facility will have a defined curriculum program for all ages served at the center with the goal of having those children served at the center ready for kindergarten.   

When completed, the 11,000 square foot facility will offer community pre-school, Head Start Services, and an after-school program.  

The project will be funded under USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Loan and Grant Program. The loan terms are for 40 years at 4.125 percent.