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Ribbon finally cut for Little Scholars

T-R PHOTO BY LANA BRADSTREAM Little Scholars Learning Center owner Lisa Hines cuts the ribbon for the child care facility on Tuesday as some of her clients play. The business has been open for seven months.

A ribbon cutting was held at the Little Scholars Learning Center on Tuesday – seven months after the child care facility opened up in Marshalltown.

Lisa Hines, founder and owner, has also been operating a Little Scholars in Conrad.

She said since opening the Marshalltown location in October, 59 spots have filled, and there is a “months-long” waiting list for infants.

“There was such a need after the previous center closed,” Hines said.

Bright Beginnings was previously in that location, 713 S. 12th St., and closed in February 2020.

Hines said Little Scholars takes children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The business has a 75-child capacity and offers them two outdoor playgrounds – one for larger children and another for babies.

To get a child in one of the quickly-filling spots, she said people can visit their Facebook page or call 641-351-4534

“Parents feel like they can leave their kids here, like they are leaving their children with family and not just another provider,” Hines said.

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