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Arcola Kids in Development aims to increase daycare

By Dominik Stallings

Arcola Kids in Development (AKID) is a new non-profit organization in Arcola. Their goal is to increase early childhood development and opportunities. Namely, increasing the number of licensed home daycares, establishing a birth-to-three program, and even a daycare and youth recreational center.

The group’s executive director, Angie Gentry, said the organization is new; its first meeting was in September 2023.

AKID Foundation originally branched off the Arcola Community Economic and Development Group (ACED). Gentry said ACED saw a clear need in the community for more childcare, so the foundation was formed to tackle the issue.

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Arcola Kids in Development (AKID) Foundation Board members Front: Mayra Lyons and Lyndsay Williams. Back: Gaby Becerra, Angie Gentry, Matt Williams, Laura Williams, Lisa Boyer, & Sydnee Shafer. Submitted photo.

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