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Ground Broken On Hilltop Early Childhood Learning Facility

Construction begins soon on the Hilltop Early Childhood Learning Center. Officials yesterday broke ground on the facility promised by Mayor Andy Ginther in a State of the City speech. Ginther says the $20 million, 50,000 square-foot facility will focus on pre-kindergarten learning for up to 240 children, ages 3-to-5.

The money comes from the city's voter-approved Capital Improvements Budget. Construction is scheduled to conclude by May 2022. The pandemic has delayed the project and cut into enrollment at similar centers.  Studies have shown kids in high quality, early childhood education are better prepared for kindergarten and more likely to succeed through the rest of their academic careers.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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