Bruning to open new community day care right across the street from school

BRUNING – The Bruning-Davenport School District announced the future opening of a community day care that will open this fall right across the street.

Kinder Academy, located on the southeast corner of Carroll and Jefferson Street, will be owned and directed by Stephanie Briggs – a childcare professional from nearby Geneva.

“My goal will be to bring high quality childcare to the community of Bruning, Davenport and the surrounding area,” she said.

Briggs has worked at Sowing Seeds Academy in Geneva for 17 years – a provisional child care center that can take in up to 100 kids.

Kinder Academy, located directly across the street from Bruning-Davenport schools, was initially purchased by the Bruning Community Foundation, gave it to the school, who then leased it to Briggs.

The building previously served as the parsonage for Trinity Lutheran Church, located immediately to the south. It can take 35-45 children at once.

“Childcare is definitely a need in these small, rural towns,” Briggs said. “They have really come together to provide for that need.”

Kinder will serve as a close, more convenient day care location for parents of young children in Bruning, Davenport, Shickley, Carleton, Belvidere, Strang and Ohiowa.

There are similar facilities open in Hebron and Geneva, but Kinder Academy will be a closer, more community-based solution, particularly for parents in the Bruning-Davenport district.

It’s set to open in time for the 2019-20 school year.

“It will be greatly benefiting for the district,” Bruning-Davenport principal Damen Kugel said. “We’ve had conversations over the last two years between Carleton, Davenport and Bruning to get something going, so this will be a nice asset for all of the communities involved.”

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