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RACINE — A new day care center planned for the City of Racine would serve staff members at an assisted living facility as well as parents in the wider community.

Little Roots Child Care is a full-service child care and development facility proposed to provide child care services to the children of Roots Residential employees. It would be located in a 5,000-square-foot facility at 1100 N. Main St. and would serve children between the ages of four weeks and 12 years old, according to documents submitted to the city. Little Roots is seeking a conditional-use permit from the city and tentatively plans to open June 15.

“Our services are safe and secure, providing the parents with an excellent place where their children can be taken care of,” the permit application states.

The business would provide a low teacher-to-student ratio, custom facilities and innovative learning programs, according to the city records. Little Roots would be open 24 hours per day, Monday through Friday.

“This is not a babysitter facility,” the permit application states. “The children are engaged throughout the day, learning new skills and reinforcing already acquired ones.”

Activities would include arts and crafts, theater and dance, socialization, technology, muscle group activities and general learning.

City recommendation

City staff recommended approval of the permit request, subject to conditions. The city wants the business to submit plans for a non-chain-link, decorative fence or wall to enclose the playground area, for example, so that children do not have access to the parking areas or streets. Applicable licenses from the city and state must also be obtained, complied with and kept current at all times, the recommendation states.

The City Plan Commission recommended approval of the permit request at its Wednesday, May 9, meeting. That recommendation is scheduled to appear before the City Council for final consideration at its 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday at City Hall.



Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

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