Ask yourself: do you have any friends or relatives this facility will help?
Do you have grandchildren that may need this type of facility?
If your family considered moving back to Randolph, and they have children, do you believe a quality Child Development Center would be a necessity?
The need for childcare has been identified as a community need in every survey that has been done. The components for attracting new families have no particular order, but the first priority for any family is the welfare of their children.
Nebraska families remain in the top 10 percent of families where both parents work. The work of women at home as diminished to a point where her career value is greater in bringing home family insurance benefits and an income. Nebraska continues to be a state where the Work Ethic is instilled in each man and woman. Below is a table illustrating the amount of salary needed to earn the same dollar purchase power between 1986 and 2016. Not just the diluted earning power, but also the acute need for health insurance make it necessary for farm and city wives alike to seek employment. To see what has happened to earning power over the past 30 years, see the purchasing power calculator below:
The school and community are committed to providing a Child Development Center. Their approach to the Center has a great possibility of keeping your taxes lower in the future if this is a nonprofit instead of a tax demanded or required Rule 11 approach.
The school’s larger commitment is remodeling existing space. The renovations to the facility are upgrades for already scheduled new windows and also include improvements for new bathrooms that are also needed. The amount of tax dollars being used for the facility continue to belong to the school district and are a one-time expense of tax dollars. This commitment of tax dollars is money spent with a chance of a great return on the dollar over the years.
A Child Development Center can help keep present families in Randolph and bring in new families. New residents can provide an additional tax base through extra real estate taxes, personal property tax, and sales tax. We are asking businesses and individuals for financial help through a tax-deductible contribution so this Child Development Center does not ever become an ongoing tax obligation.
There is no guarantee for any business’s success. This business has a great chance for success because the facility will offer early child development, which is extremely important for discipline, behavior, and academic success.
There is a profound need in our area specifically because of our proximity to Norfolk, Wayne, and Yankton, all of which are commuter job markets. The school facility is the most suitable in town for space to grow, a playground, gym—and most important—security.
This is a public/private venture, if structured correctly, can be very successful. As a nonprofit, your donations can be received on a tax-deductible basis. The hourly rate for care has been established to not be competitive with existing private daycares and will keep the facility running for many years into the future.
The family structure in the 21st century has changed dramatically. It is now a necessity in most households for both parents to work just to cover the normal expenses—rent or house payments, car payment, health insurance, uncovered health costs, food, clothing, utilities, along with upkeep on the home and care, and emergency expenses.
It would be ideal to have one parent at home to provide the daily care, but that has become extremely difficult with basic living costs rising faster than wages. “Paying it forward,” is not necessarily for just today’s needs but also for the future generations that we need to grow our town.
The community has options to create additional homes and rentals with new construction. Tax increment financing is in place to help new construction of homes, building of retirement facilities have been discussed that could entice seniors to move into a more convenient maintenance free environment.
This could free up more homes and living space can be erected, but without an adequate Child Development Program our community will lose workers, families, and children.
Here is a final thought on housing: The surveys for childcare needs indicated that a significant number of families that commute to Randolph from nearby communities will also use the facility. There is no better way to attract new families like these than to introduce their children early on to our Blue Ribbon elementary school program housed in the same building.
For two reasons that young families are already painfully aware:
A large part of any community’s heart and soul is their school. Without a strong school and learning environment, a town loses its ability to attract families with children. It loses its future.
To stay viable a school needs enrollment—it needs children. Children are not a readily renewable resource. We must constantly work to attract parents with a child.
If a school declines or closes in a community, 3 things happen:
Think about surrounding towns that have lost their schools and the effect it has on their community. If one values their community at all, the first place to start working is in welcoming new babies and children.
Conclusion: This is not an easy project. Uninformed voices may not realize that many of the assets to attract families are already paid for and available: