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New daycare replaces Little Learners in Waverly

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

A new eastern Iowa daycare is set to open its doors just months after a scandal shudders the one before it. 

Discoveries Learning Center will open this August in Waverly. The new daycare is in the same spot where a former daycare shut down after the director was charged with possession of meth.

Kelly Hampton worked at Little Learners Day Care. She was arrested at her home last month and is facing meth charges. The owner of Little Learners says he closed the daycare in response to the drug charges.

With Little Learners shutting its doors after the drug scandal, parents were forced to find other care for their children with only a few days notice. Now relief is in sight with a new facility opening next month.

"It has been less than 30 days since we've taken ownership of the building...in that time we've given a face lift to the building," said Kathy Bohlmann, Discoveries Learning Center Owner and Director.

Bohlmann says she is excited to bring a daycare back to Waverly.

"Bremer County continues to be a high need area so that basically means that there's just not enough home providers and center providers to meet the need of the children out there so again this is in response to meeting that need," said Bohlmann.

Mother Amber Blackledge says she hopes to send her four-year-old son to Discoveries Learning Center and that it is a great addition to the community.

"There's a lot of wait lists around so opening up another provider is amazing," said Blackledge, Waverly.

Blackledge's son was enrolled at Little Learners, and the mother says she remembers the day she found out the previous daycare's director was accused of doing meth.

"I scrammed around like hurrying up trying to find daycare just because I know there's not a lot of daycare here," said Blackledge. "I was like what am I going to do?"

Bohlmann says after what happened at the daycare a few months ago she is hopeful it wont stop parents from enrolling their kids, saying it's a new business.

"Just knowing we gave the building a fresh face lift we would encourage people to come out and come with fresh eyes and see what we have and see if it's the right fit for them and their family," said Bohlmann.

Blackledge says the hardest thing about Little Learners closing was finding another daycare within a few days. She says she feels at ease knowing a new daycare is set to open.

The Discoveries Learning Center on Technology Plaza in Waverly is having an open house tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. They are set to open their doors August 23. For more information on the new daycare CLICK HERE.
 

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