Kids Academy Daycare Center $25,000 Hometown Pride Grant Recipient
Farmers Union Oil Company of Berthold and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS, awarded Kids Academy Daycare Center with a $25,000 Hometown Pride grant. Farmers Union Oil Company of Berthold nominated the Kids Academy Daycare Center for its dedication to providing working parents with access to childcare services. The center’s services have helped make the local communities of Carpio and Berthold more sustainable places to live and raise a family.
“Our community has struggled to keep sufficient childcare, something we consider to be a basic necessity every community should have,” says Seth Gravesen, treasurer and board member of the Kids Academy Daycare Center. “We are beyond appreciative to have the support of Farmers Union Oil Company of Berthold and the Cenex brand as we continue to maintain this service for our community.”
The Kids Academy Daycare Center was founded in 2012 when all three of Berthold’s local daycare centers closed and concerned citizens, business leaders and parents took action to fill the need for local childcare. Initially, the center began operations at the local church, until the group could fund its own space. Just one year after starting the nonprofit, a group of committed, determined parents and community members raised funds for the Kids Academy Daycare Center building and have been operating there ever since. The center currently provides childcare to approximately 30 children between the ages of 0 to twelve.
With the next closest childcare center nearly 30 miles away, the Kids Academy Daycare Center keeps its community bonded by allowing parents to live and work comfortably in Berthold, knowing their children are safe and cared for during the day.