Mequon OKs daycare | Business

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MEQUON – A new daycare center focused on the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of children is coming to the south of Mequon.

The Mequon Planning Commission last week approved a conditional use permit for the Aleska Learning Center at 1415 W. Donges Bay Road.

Owner Julia Klimkovich told commissioners the facility will provide services to a maximum of 52 children and offer full-time and part-time enrollment for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. Before and after school programs will be offered for kindergarten through 11 years of age.

In his business plan submitted to the city, Klimkovich said that with the recent closure of two daycare centers in the region, it was possible to fill market shortages and create 12 full-time equivalent positions at competitive pay.

Klimkovich identified 15 approved daycares in Mequon, but said they pose problems for parents due to waiting lists, outdated programs, shared facilities with industrial parks and playgrounds in parking lots without shade and close to highways.

She said demographics show that about 5.2% of Mequon’s population is 5 years old or younger.

It said that after acquiring the building, it will modernize and equip five classrooms with furniture, development materials and technology to create a “quality learning environment“.

Pa Phouala Vang, a town planner in the town of Mequon, told commissioners the property is adjacent to condominiums and neighbors have complained about noise about the last child care center operating in the building. But Vang said the site’s new landscaping plans should help alleviate noise from children when they are outside.

The opening hours of the daycare will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Klimkovich also received permission to organize three events of extended duration per month. One is a socializing event for kids and parents that would run until 8pm; another is a movie night for children that would last until 9 pm; and the third is a language and art school that would go at 6 p.m. on a Saturday.

Klimkovich has set an opening date for September 1.


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